Ryan McGivern joins Leicester on loan

Northern Ireland international, Ryan McGivern, has joined Leicester City on loan until January.

The 19 year-old looked promising in pre-season and might have been considered as back-up to Wayne Bridge if Javier Garrido left the club. However the signing of Sylvinho put paid to that, and instead he heads out of Eastlands once again, following a spell at Morecombe last season.

The Championship should provide Ryan with a good standard of first team experience, and he might make his Leicester debut against Newcastle on Monday.

City draw Fulham in the Carling Cup

City have been drawn against fellow Premier League side Fulham in the third round of the Carling Cup. The tie is due to take place in the week beginning 21 September. This lies between the Old Trafford derby on Sunday 18 September and the home game against West Ham on Monday 28 September.

Whilst not the easiest draw we could have hoped for, at least we are at home. Fulham are also competing in the group stages of the Europa League, so it’s quite possible that this fixture won’t be amongst Roy Hodgson’s uppermost priorities this season.

The cottagers don’t have the biggest squad so we could be facing weaker opposition than we might expect in a Premier League game. Mark Hughes, of course, named a full strength team for the Palace game and will be lexoected to continue in the same vein.

With this in mind, it looks like a reasonable draw and City will be confident of progressing in our quest for silverware and a trip to Wembley.