Date: 21st January 2009 at 2:04pm
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Having been out since before Christmas, Oba Martins looks set to make a more than timely return in the monster match against fellow relegation candidates sunderland on the 1st February at SJP. Speaking to the press on the current injury situation he said:

‘Oba started training flat out yesterday, and it’ll be great to have him back in the team. He’s had this niggling groin injury, but it’s out of the way now, and he should be back for the Sunderland game.’

Kinnear also gave updates on Danny Guthrie:

‘We’re waiting on the outcome of his MRI scan. Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as I first thought, but Danny’s certainly out of the Man City game.’

And on Alan Smith:

‘We thought about putting Alan in the Carlisle game, but the medical staff said that might be pushing him too early. He’s back training flat out, and has a chance of making the Sunderland game.’

Finally Xisco limped out of the game. Not like he would be involved anyway…