Concerns were growing last night for out-of-favour Man City star Shaun Wright-Phillips after the player became lost trying to find an exit route from the club’s ground at Eastlands.
Following his release by City boss Mancini, the quicksilver winger became disoriented after choosing a long passageway marked with an exit sign, which initially looked very promising, but actually led absolutely nowhere. At this point experts believe he may have tried it again and again before collapsing in a heap and instinctively raising his hand to an non-existent linesman.
Greater Manchester Police say they are vigorously investigating but fear a thorough search may take some time, considering that City is such a massive club.
However Inspector remained upbeat about Wright-Phillips’ chances of being found alive and offloaded to League Two strugglers Northampton Town: ‘There remain a number of small empty spaces where the player could still be hiding out,’ he told a packed conference.
‘And before you ask – yes – the trophy cabinet was the first place we looked.’