Manchester City morning round-up: FA Cup game potential problem, Demichelis defends teammate

A round up of news stories this morning related to Manchester City.

The Daily Mail has suggested a potential problem for Manchester City ahead of their FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

The paper suggests that City arriving back from their warm weather training trip to Abu Dhabi just 21 hours before the match could affect them.

City reportedly had the option of returning to the country last night, which would have given them extra preparation time ahead of the game.

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has urged critics to lay off Eliaquim Mangala in the Daily Express.

Mangala has struggled to produce his best form at the club following a big money move from FC Porto last summer.

Demichelis has explained how he thinks the centre back is only going to get better during his career at the club.

The Daily Mirror suggests Manchester City have been dealt a blow over their reported interest in signing Jay Rodriguez.

City have been named as one of the club’s interested in a report, which claims Liverpool are ready to act on their interest if he’s given the all-clear by doctors after injury this week.

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