Man City Carling Cup hopes hit hard by injury

Manchester City's Carling Cup hopes have been dealt a blow by Stephen Ireland's hamstring injury.

Ireland’s KO – with a hamstring injury – is the latest blow to hit new boss Roberto Mancini as he plots City’s progress through the FA Cup and the Carling double-header derby.

Mancini, who said last week his aim is success in both competitions, as well as a top-four finish and even the Premier League title, is already without injured defenders Joleon Lescott, Nedum Onouha and Wayne Bridge.

Left-back Bridge could be back for the United clash next Wednesday.