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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 27, 2006

Weaver could make rare start for Man City

Nicky Weaver could make his first senior start for Manchester City since August 2003 in Saturday's Premiership encounter with Fulham.

First-choice goalkeeper David James is doubtful for the Eastlands encounter with a stiff back, so Weaver is standing by to make an emotional re-appearance after a nightmare three injury-plagued seasons which looked set to claim his career.

Weaver, who was on loan at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season, eventually underwent revolutionary knee cartilage transplant surgery in the United States and is due to sign a new one-year contract with City over the next few days.

The 27-year-old's last start for City was in the UEFA Cup qualifier with Total Network Solutions in August 2003. He appeared as a substitute against Middlesbrough last season in the Premiership.

According to manager Stuart Pearce, veteran striker Andy Cole has also 'verbally agreed' to stay with City for an additional season, although the former England man has been ruled out for the remainder of the current campaign with a knee injury.

Aside from James, Pearce also has doubts over Albert Riera and Joey Barton for Saturday's encounter with Chris Coleman's men.

Riera emerged from Tuesday's win over Aston Villa suffering from cramp, while Barton has a sore knee.

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