City loan lad in in­jury blow

Manchester Evening News - - CITY - By JOE BRAY

PA­TRICK Roberts is fac­ing a pe­riod out of ac­tion af­ter suf­fer­ing an in­jury while play­ing for Girona on Thurs­day.

On loan from City, Roberts had fi­nally es­tab­lished him­self into the first team fol­low­ing a slow start to life in Spain.

The 21-year-old winger started Girona’s last six games, and had pro­vided an as­sist against La Liga sur­prise pack­age Alaves in their Copa Del Rey tie.

How­ever, in the 21st minute of Girona’s 2-1 win, Roberts was sent clear in a promis­ing at­tack but im­me­di­ately pulled up in agony and felt his ham­string as he looked to bear down on goal.

Span­ish me­dia re­port Roberts has suf­fered a ‘nasty-look­ing ham­string in­jury’ and could be out for the rest of 2018 at the very least.

It is a blow for Roberts, who re­cently dis­cussed the ben­e­fits of young English play­ers test­ing them­selves in for­eign leagues.

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