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Stories at the weekend suggested the Ivorian could face a three-match ban if found guilty of the kick. But City will not be without their talisman after all.
In other news, City’s official club website says the injured trio of Samir Nasri, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero are continuing their road to recovery.
Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to call on them sooner rather than later after seeing his side drop five points from their last two matches against Chelsea and Norwich.
Speaking of Chelsea, their manager Jose Mourinho has been speaking about Pellegrini’s statement that the Blues have spent the most money over the last 10 years.
In quotes published by the Guardian, Mourinho responded by saying, “I don’t have to repeat myself a lot, but everybody knows what Manchester City are. What I would like to say is that, for example, Pellegrini was talking about the money we’ve spent.”
He then proceeded to reel off the amount Chelsea have brought in to the club in player sales.
But for all the talking taking place off the field, it is quite a battle on it, and City will know they have to get over their recent wobbles as soon as possible in order to climb above a resurgent and impressive Chelsea side.