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As Manchester City prepare to face Hull City in tomorrow’s early kick-off, Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini has been speaking about his defensive injury woes and potential last-minute transfer business.
In his post-match press conference, the Chilean revealed that Matija Nastasic will be available after sustaining an ankle injury during pre-season. That is a welcome boost for a side forced to play Javi Garcia at centre-back last weekend, and paying for it in their 3-2 defeat to Cardiff City.
“I think that Javi didn’t do badly but he normally plays in midfield,” Pellegrini said. “It is Nastasic’s position so I think it is better for the team.”
The City boss also revealed that captain Vincent Kompany would not be rushed back into action, and that a return to the team in anything less than a month would be “impossible”.
Finally, when asked about potential late transfer business, Pellegrini hinted that fans may not have seen the last of the summer arrivals, before suggesting he wouldn’t be facing the manic Monday of some of his managerial counterparts.
“For Manchester City, no,” he said. “For the rest of the teams, I don’t know.”
In additional team news for tomorrow’s match, City will also be without Micah Richards, while Hull will have to do without the suspended Yannick Sagbo.
It has been a quiet day in terms of transfer news, with nothing new to report in City’s apparent pursuit of a new defender.
And finally, City are facing a minor fixture headache following the news that their Capital One Cup third round match against Wigan has been moved forward 24 hours. This is to prevent it clashing with Manchester United’s match at home to Liverpool on Wednesday September 25.
As a result, Pellegrini will have to prepare his side for two games in 48 hours – the Manchester derby on Sunday September 22 followed by the Wigan match the following Tuesday.
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