Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that three Manchester City players have been passed fit to face Newcastle United, if selected.
However, the Man City boss says that another five will definitely miss Saturday’s clash.
Pellegrini named the five who would miss in his press conference on Friday:
“Vincent Kompany, Clichy, Delph, Nasri and Toure are injured.
“Kompany’s calf is still injured, so we will see if he is fit after the international break.
“It has not been a normal situation to have so many injuries – against Sunderland we had 11 injured, then it’s been seven or eight. I hope after this break, most of them will be fit.
“I never complain about the players who can’t play. I don’t think that one name can change the performance of this team. We also win a lot of games without Vincent.
“He’s an important player for us of course – we hope we will play again soon of course.”
“We always expect to win at home but away also, we want to win everywhere. We have to play in the same way, in the same style.”
The good news for Man City but bad news for Newcastle is that Pellegrini also confirmed that Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho and Eliaquim Mangala will all return tomorrow.
The Man City boss praised Newcastle for their displays against Manchester United and Chelsea but made clear what tactics he expects from the visitors…
“Tomorrow we have a tough game against Newcastle. They played very well against Chelsea and here in Manchester against United.
“We are not thinking of the top of the table at this moment – just to have a strong performance. It’s important to be at the top in May.
“We know we are going to have eight or nine players defending (for Newcastle) so we have to create the space.”