Manchester City latest: Including team news and defensive blow

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Manchester City face Cardiff City on Sunday, hoping to continue their fine start to the new campaign.

In early team news, City are without Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards, but may be able to call on Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic after both recovered from injury.

Cardiff could give a debut to striker Andreas Cornelius, while left-back Andrew Taylor is back after suspension kept him out of the 2-0 defeat to West Ham.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Kompany could be absent for the next month. The Belgian defender suffered a groin injury last Monday and could miss as many as four domestic matches.

I prefer the doctor to say the last word,” Pellegrini said, “but I think at least one month. The doctor can give more information.

It is a huge blow for the Blues, who look set to face Manchester United on 22 September without their influential skipper.

The new manager has also been speaking about his team’s style of play, and he hopes what was shown in their opening 4-0 win is a sign of things to come.

I think we played in the way I want my team to play,” he said. “It is an aggressive team.

It was just one match but it is very important to continue this way and at the end of the season we will see who has won the title.”

The former Malaga boss has made an instant impression on his new team, and his ethos could well be what transforms City from a good team to a great one.

And finally, City’s players will wear micro-cameras fitted to their heads in order to give a unique glimpse of a training session.

The technology has been developed by US firm GoPro and is another innovative marketing tool from a club who first trialled the cameras on their recent tour of America.

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