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Platt insists Sinclair is happy at City

David Platt insists Manchester City's forgotten man Scott Sinclair is happy at the Etihad Stadium - even though he has only played 16 minutes of first-team football in two months.

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Winger Sinclair has only started two games since his £6.2 million move from Swansea in August and has not taken the field in any of City's five Champions League games.

Since September's Carling Cup exit to Aston Villa, the 23-year-old has only appeared as an 89th-minute substitute in the 0-0 draw with West Ham and a 76th-minute replacement in the 5-0 league win over Aston Villa.

But Platt revealed Sinclair has not been to manager Roberto Mancini to complain about his lack of action. Sinclair joined City to fill the gap in the squad left by Adam Johnson, who moved to Sunderland in search of regular football.

"When we took Scott, we sold Adam and we were probably having similar discussions about Adam, as he was fit and not featuring as much as he would like," Platt said. "Scott is doing fine. He has done well when he has come on, and when he has started games as well, but we have a big squad and everyone is aware of that.

"We felt when Adam was leaving, we needed the characteristics within the squad that Scott provides. Any player would want to figure more than he has done, but we think he is a valued member of the squad and is going to help us.

"When a player comes to this club, they are going to have to accept they are not going to play week in week out. Some will play more than others, but when we spoke to Scott, he knew what he was coming into, that it was a big, big squad.

"The manager's door is always open to any player if they feel they want to go and play, like Adam did. But he seems happy and hasn't made any noises about that."

Platt also said that Joleon Lescott was fully fit for Sunday's 0-0 draw with Chelsea, despite the England defender failing to even make the bench.

Kolo Toure was preferred as the back-up centre-back with Platt saying that the right-footed Ivorian would have been a more natural replacement for captain Vincent Kompany, who had been a doubt with a knee injury, than the left-footed Lescott, had the Belgian needed to go off.

"Vinnie was going into the game injured," he added. "Had Vinnie not played, then Kolo would have played right-sided centre-half. Our doubt before the game was whether Vinnie would get through it. When you are looking at the bench, you are looking at people who you would utilise."

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