If there’s one area where Manchester City have been lacking this season, it’s in the striking department, although the signing of Benjani has improved matters. Nevertheless, City fans will also be delighted to see Valeri Bojinov making a return from injury as the club continue to aim for a UEFA Cup place at the end of the season. The official City website reports that the Bulgarian forward scored for the reserves in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle with Sven looking on.
“I’m very happy because after five months out since my injury my first game back went well. I scored my first goal for Manchester City as well, which was very important for me.
“I only played 30 minutes, but I hope to play for maybe 45 in the next one, and then a full 90 minutes after that.”
And for Bojinov there was one very important onlooker at St James’ Park he was keen to impress, as he added: “Sven was in the crowd to see me play, and I’m pleased that he came to see how I played in my first game back.”
Will the former Fiorentina striker now form a burgeoning partnership with Benjani or will his first team performances be limited between now and the end of the season? Sven will at least be glad to finally have some attacking options after spending so much of the season persisting with Vassell as the lone man up front.