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Oct 16, 2008

City relief as Robinho knock is minor

Manchester City are expecting Robinho to be fit for Monday's trip to Newcastle after the star forward broke down with an injury during Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Colombia. Robinho had to be helped from the field and was replaced by AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato in the 63rd minute as his country were held to a goalless draw at the Maracana Stadium. Brazil left the field being barracked by their own supporters.

The City star, who joined the club for a British record £32.5million transfer fee in the summer transfer window, spoke to the local press after the game but did not mention his injury save a criticism of the strongarm tactics used by the Colombians to escape with a 0-0 draw.

"I was knocked on the thigh and it hurt a lot at the time," the 24-year-old said. "The area where I was fouled became inflamed so I thought it was better to ask for a substitution."

He added: "I didn't do anything [during the game]. I only had one shot on goal and I did not create any chances. I was horrible. I didn't do anything right.

"Maybe I should have left the pitch even earlier.

"The fans have a right (to boo)," he said. "I had an awful match. In fact, all the team played bad. But it is also true that the Colombians committed many fouls and did not allow us to play."

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