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Given injury bad news for Blues

Monday May 3rd 2010

With some of the best physios in the world at his football club, it's unlikely that Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given's latest fitness setback will see him diving for a sports injury insurance policy - but it could end Birmingham City's hopes of resigning Joe Hart on loan next season.

Given is likely to miss the start of next season after damaging his shoulder against Arsenal last week.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish said he would like to keep Hart for another 12 months, but admitted that Given's injury had all but put paid to the ambition.

"He has been superb for us and saved and won us many points and has been outstanding this season," he said.

"I would think that if Given is out for a few months, Joe Hart would be Manchester City's goalkeeper in August."

Hart has been in outstanding form for Blues during his season at St Andrew's and was named in the PFA Premier League team of the year.

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