Is Rodwell too injury prone for Man City?

Roberto Mancini signed the young England international for Man City from Everton with high expectations.

He had a burgeoning reputation following several astute displays at Goodison Park and a price tag to match at £16 million.

The Etihad faithful were hoping that he could prove to be a long term successor for Gareth Barry who has been a valiant servant for the team.

What has followed though is frustration. Javi Garcia was signed to fill the midfield void and appears to have taken his chances as Rodwell persistently sits on the sidelines.

There was hope that the 21-year-old would make his mark at Villa Park last night against Aston Villa and prove his future worth to the team.

Mancini was hoping to trial him out in a 4-5-1 but the player soon became injured after 20 minutes and the story was far too familiar.

It may be cruel for the England starlet but should he fail to get together a run of games will Man City finally run out of patience. Unfortunately you suspect so.

Scott Sinclair had a sensational season with Swansea last term yet sits on the bench this term itching to play, showing how difficult it is to get in the starting XI.

The summer may finally be a time where Man City finally sign a player to fill the role Rodwell was bought for to the detriment of youngster.