Manchester City latest: Early team news; Fernandinho on lack of fans

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Manchester City take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League this afternoon, with the two sides playing behind closed doors.

City will know how important a win is given that they have picked up just a single point from their opening two group games against Bayern Munich and Roma, but a trip to Russia is never an easy prospect.

In early team news, the BBC reports that Frank Lampard and Samir Nasri are unavailable, while defender Eliaquim Mangala is hopeful of being fit for the game.

City have no other injury concerns and Manuel Pellegrini is likely to play the strongest available XI as he looks to take the advantage in the first of a double-header.

In other news, City midfielder Fernandino has said it is not good playing a game without the fans.

In quotes published by ITV, the Brazilian said, “I don’t think it will be an advantage for us. It is always good when you play away because the fans support their team and it gives you more motivation to play well.

“I don’t think this is good for either team or for football.”

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