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Johnson injury to scupper SWP move?

Manchester City winger Adam Johnson has suffered an injury scare that could hamper Shaun Wright-Phillips' chances of leaving the club on loan.

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Johnson was reportedly stretchered out of City training on Thursday and is set for scans on a leg problem on Friday. It is unlikely he will feature in Sunday's FA Cup clash at Notts County and depending on the length of his lay-off, he could be a doubt for the crucial Manchester derby on February 12.

City have been in negotiations with Fulham over a loan deal to take Wright-Phillips to Craven Cottage, although the clubs are struggling to agree on suitable terms surrounding the player's wages. If the prognosis on Johnson is serious, however, Roberto Mancini may opt to keep Wright-Phillips at Eastlands as cover for the wide positions.

Meanwhile, loaned out striker Emmanuel Adebayor said City can win the Premier League title this season after deeming him surplus to requirements. On his unveiling as a Real Madrid player, albeit a temporary one, Adebayor only had positive words for his English club and their hopes of title success.

Big-spending City, who last won the league back in 1968, are currently third in the standings, six points behind leaders Manchester United while they have also played a game more than their local rivals.

When asked if City can win the league, the 26-year-old said: "Of course, why not? I think Manchester City have a big chance to win the league this season, with all the players that they've bought, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko, they've got a big squad... And at the minute they are playing good football, so they have a chance to win it. It's not going to be easy, don't get me wrong, but I think they will do everything to achieve that because it's a dream of the club.''


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