• Premier League

Sinclair has rib removed to tackle blood clot

ESPN staff
May 23, 2013
Scott Sinclair has found himself out of favour at Manchester City for much of the season © PA Photos

Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair has had a rib removed to tackle a blood clot in his shoulder.

The 24-year-old missed the end of the season due to the problem, which has now led to surgery to have a top rib taken out after it was found to be pushing on a vein and causing the clot.

Sinclair has been prescribed blood-thinning drug warfarin for three months and ordered to rest while he recuperates from the operation.

Doctors will reassess his situation at the end of August and he will only be permitted to return to training when the clotting is reduced to acceptable levels.

The former Chelsea and Swansea player struggled to make an impact at City this season, making just 11 appearances, and he was expected to move on this summer with Aston Villa and Everton reportedly interested.

But his rehabilitation period will take him close to the end of the summer transfer window and possibly dash any hopes he had of moving on from the Etihad Stadium.

Former manager Roberto Mancini was known to have been willing to listen to offers for the player, but now he has gone Sinclair may yet find that City's next manager, likely to be Manuel Pellegrini, will have bigger plans for him.

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