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Man City may be forced to buy

 

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Roberto Mancini says international call-ups and a lengthy injury list could see Manchester City become active in the January transfer market. The Italian has not been known for making that many January purchases having only signed three players in three seasons and one of them was on a free.

When asked if players might be brought in, the City manager said: "Probably.

"We might have a problem. We lose three [to the African Nations Cup] and I don't think Micah Richards will play until the end of February.

"Jack [Rodwell] - we don't know. Maybe [Aleksandar] Kolarov can recover in two weeks. We will see."

Because of his depleted squad, the Italian ruled out any outgoings.

"We can't sell players. We don't have enough players to play if we sell players," Mancini insisted.

The 48-year-old's words mark a change of course after assistant manager David Platt stated last week that he would be "surprised" if the Premier League champions did any business in the upcoming transfer window.

Mancini has bought the majority of his players in the summer since he took over at the club from Mark Hughes in December 2009, with now-Sunderland winger Adam Johnson and striker Edin Dzeko his only major purchases during January.

As well as being without right-back Richards, midfielder Rodwell and left-back Kolarov, right-back Maicon has been receiving treatment in Italy for a knee injury, while striker Mario Balotelli is not expected to return from a virus until next weekend.

Mancini's January City buys
•January 2010: Former Arsenal defensive midfielder Patrick Vieira joined on a free transfer from Inter Milan and Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson is signed for £7m
•January 2011: Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko is purchased from Wolfsburg for £27m
•January 2012: Mancini did not buy anyone

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