Alex Neil has admitted that Timm Klose faces a battle to play again this season due to a ligament injury.
On Friday at his usual press conference, Neil said that Klose may play some part in the Sunderland game but that was clearly just kidology. Neil also revealed that Martin was sick with a fever, otherwise he would’ve been in the squad.
‘Timm is going to struggle. He has got a damaged ligament in his knee,” confirmed Neil, speaking to the EDP. “We don`t know if he can get back before the end of the season. Of course it is a blow. He has been a massive player for us. There is not much we can do about it. We just have to get on with it.
“Russell was in the squad and stayed with us at the hotel overnight but he went down with a fever so we had to isolate him from the rest.
“I said to the lads afterwards if we are going to do, we are going to have to do it the hard way. I think the one thing we have to bear in mind is those teams are still chasing us. They have got to win them to make it count. That is not a given but we have to win games between now and the end of the season. If we don`t, it won`t be enough.”
Andre Wisdom had to leave the field with 90 minutes on the clock and may also have ligament damage. That left City with only ten men as Neil had used all three substitutes and an injury time breakaway saw Sunderland score their third goal. Wisdom conceded the penalty in the first half that opened the scoring when he tackled Fabio Borini in the City area, with Borini later claiming he nearly broke his leg.
“I think you could argue there were a few questionable decisions. The big ones didn`t necessarily go in our favour’ said Neil. ‘On the replay it is clear Andre hits the ball first and then catches the player afterwards. You could ask does he need to make the tackle? That goes against us and then on the second one Seb (Bassong) needs to move the ball quicker. The lad puts his foot in between his, they breakaway and score.
“I didn`t feel they were threatening but in the key moments they punished us and it summed it up at the end when we finished with 10 because Andre looked like he had hurt the ligament in his knee. They score the third but I am not convinced it should have got to that stage.’
Sadly Alex, it did.