posted on Oct, 28 2004 @ 03:39 PM
Christian Negouai's ill-fated spell at Manchester City has taken another downturn after the midfielder pulled a hamstring in last night's dismal
Carling Cup defeat to Arsenal.
Blues boss Kevin Keegan hailed Negouai as one of the best signings he has ever made when he splashed out 1.5million to sign the Martinique-born player
from Belgian outfit Charleroi in 2001.
To say the 26-year-old has not lived up to Keegan's lofty expectations would be a supreme understatement.
With injury and general fitness problems limiting him to just eight appearances in three years, the biggest headlines Negouai has made during his time
in England was the 2,000 fine he picked up for failing to attend a drugs test, months before Rio Ferdinand was handed an eight-month ban for doing
exactly the same thing.
On Wednesday night Keegan handed Negouai a spot on the bench for only the second time this season and when Trevor Sinclair was brought off midway
through the second half, the City chief decided to give the player a rare opportunity to shine.
Unfortunately, he lasted just 14 minutes before he was limping unhappily back down the tunnel clutching his hamstring and he now looks set for another
lengthy stint on the sidelines.