Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has been rocked by the news that Bulgarian International Martin Petrov could be on the sidelines at the Eastlands Stadium for up to four months after undergoing knee surgery.
29-year-old Petrov has been missing for the Blues since damaging his meniscus in October on International duty with Bulgaria and had been undergoing strengthening work at the Manchester club in the hope of avoiding going under the surgeons knife.
However, City have confirmed that the former Atletico Madrid player has had to have surgery and could be out until March.
A club statement read: “Martin Petrov has had surgery on his left knee and will be out for the next three to four months, it has been confirmed.
“Martin is recovering well but it looks as though he will now be out of the reckoning for the next three to four months.”
Petrov has been a huge hit at City since his transfer from the Rojiblancos in 2007, with boss Hughes sure to rue not having the Bulgarian available, having won only one of six Premier League matches since the midfielder’s injury.