Manchester City hope to continue their great form in the Premier League when they face relegation candidates Newcastle on the road. The Citizens will miss their magician again, but will have two important returns.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini ruled out four players on his pre-game press conference on Monday: David Silva, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri all miss Tuesday's match at St. James' Park with injuries. Silva was expected back as he tries to deal with an ankle injury until the end of the season, but he wasn't fit enough to face the Magpies.
Nasri's injury is a sad one since the Frenchman was enjoying his best football after a long absence because of various physical problems, but Pellegrini guarantees Samir will be back in no time.
"He played 90 minutes at the weekend and then another 75, maybe it was too much. He was feeling well, it’s a small muscle injury, it’s not too important, we’ll see how many days."
Pellegrini, source: MCFC
Despite the absences, Pellegrini is still able to travel to Newcastle with a strong squad thanks to the return of two key players: Vincent Kompany has been cleared from a calf issue, and Raheem Sterling is back after missing a month of football with a groin injury.
Pellegrini expects Sterling and Kompany to be fit for the Champions League semifinal against Madrid, but they won't see too many minutes until then:
"Kompany has been injured so the other defenders have done well, but he will be an important help for the defence.
"[On Sterling] we’ll see, he’s coming back from an important injury, we’ll see if he can play some minutes."