Sven Goran Eriksson has told Darius Vassell he can have a future at Manchester City.

"He has not played yet this season but he is doing very well now," reported the manager.

"Darius has been injured and missed a lot of training but the days before the international break and after it, he has worked hard and is looking sharper. All the players who are here now have to show me on the training pitch that they are better than those challenging for the same position in the squad.

"The challenge is there for Darius. It is up to him."