striker Noel Whelan has admitted that time is against him as he attempts to get fit in
time to face former club Leeds United.
The 24-year-old damaged ankle ligaments in Citys home defeat against Manchester
United, and tests have now revealed that he has also strained his Achilles tendon.
Now the former Elland Road favourite is undergoing daily treatment with the clubs
physiotherapist but is not holding out too much hope of figuring in Gordon Strachans
"When I did the injury I was told that it would be three to four weeks before I
could play again, which to be honest with you I was quite pleased about because I thought
it was worse than that.
"However, there is damage to the ligaments and to the Achilles which has hurt
before so I have irritated an old injury which can complicate things.
"At the moment it is looking very unlikely that I will be fit for the Leeds game,
which is a shame because I was looking forward to playing against my old side.
"Darren Huckerby will be playing for them as well and it would have been nice to
have pitted my wits against him but that is the way it goes."
And Whelan is now hoping to return as soon as possible and open his goal account for
"I just want to get back and start scoring goals because I feel as if I have been
doing ok so far but just not getting that bit of luck that you need.
"Last season I set myself a target of 15 goals and I was just two short of that,
so that is what I will be going for again, although hopefully I will get past that and
into the 20s."