Hughes dealt Robinho blow for Tottenham trip

Manchester City's hopes of sealing a Europa League place next season have been dealt a blow with the news that Brazilian forward Robinho is a major doubt for the Blues' trip to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. The £32.5million signing from Real Madrid sustained a groin injury in the Eastland outfit's 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester United last Sunday, and is now expected to sit out the clash with Harry Redknapp's side, who lie two places and one point above the Blues in the league standings.

"We do not expect him to be fit this weekend," said manager Mark Hughes. "We are hoping he will be okay for Bolton next week."

The Brazilian international has endured criticism in recent months for his lack of goals and lacklustre performances, particularly away from the City of Manchester Stadium.

However, the 25-year-old finally netted his first goal since December in the 4-2 victory against West Bromwich Albion last month, and followed it up with goals in his next two outings against Everton and Blackburn Rovers.

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