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Roberto Mancini revealed some of Manchester City's players wore shirts bearing the words "Team Bridge" in support of team-mate Wayne Bridge during Sunday's 2-0 Premier League win over Portsmouth.
Bridge is still missing with a knee injury and was not at Eastlands. But the City stars, Carlos Tevez, Nigel de Jong and Stephen Ireland, felt it was important to show their backing for the England full-back, who has found himself at the centre of a media storm following allegations of an affair between the 29-year-old's former girlfriend and England skipper John Terry.
In a statement released on Saturday, Bridge outlined his intention not to speak about Terry's alleged relationship with Vanessa Perroncel and was interested only in the welfare of their three-year-old son.
But the City defender is known to be deeply distressed about the situation, not least because he regarded Terry as his friend having developed a close bond with the defender during their time at Chelsea.
Understanding the sensitivities of the situation neither Gareth Barry nor Shaun Wright-Phillips, colleagues of Bridge's with both club and country, perhaps wisely opted not to wear the shirts.
"The players are very close to Wayne," said Roberto Mancini. "He is a fantastic player and a good guy. It was a nice gesture."This topic is deleted.