City will line up against Norwich tomorrow without the injured trio of Kompany, Jovetić and García. Kompany and Jovetić were expected to miss the game, but García also picked up a slight knock and misses out.
Pellegrini revealed at his press conference today that he expects Kompany back following the international break, which would rule him out of three more games – Norwich (home), CSKA Moscow (home) and Sunderland (away).
The good news from this bad news is that the break comes before City face Spurs at the Etihad, the game in which Vinny is expected to return.
As revealed in yesterday’s City Summary, John Guidetti returned to action tonight for City’s U21 team against Norwich U21s at Carrow Road. Guidetti didn’t get on the score sheet in a much needed 3-0 win for the young Blues, but got 50 minutes of valuable game time under his belt.
Depending on his fitness levels and progress, Guidetti could be loaned out in the next few months. The Football League loan window shuts on 25 November and there are several teams, including Nottingham Forest and Paul Dickov’s Doncaster Rovers, who would be keen to take Guidetti on loan.
City may opt to nurse him back slowly in the U21 team before a possible loan move in the January transfer window. Tonight he was said to have looked cumbersome and far from peak form, something not unexpected after another long spell out.
There would be a long queue of clubs from across Europe wanting to take a fully fit Guidetti on loan and City would be able to demand a sizeable loan fee for his services. Several Premier League clubs, most notably Sunderland, expressed interest in the young Swede this summer, but City snubbed approaches because of his injury.
A mixed week for Costel Pantilimon who could be in for an extended first team run but was today told he has been dropped for Romania’s World Cup playoff against Greece. Romania coach Victor Pițurcă is not happy with Pantilimon’s willingness to play second fiddle at City, something the goalkeeper has taken to heart.
Pantilimon has been considering a City exit for some time and was close to handing in a transfer request this week, depending on whether or not he was selected in the wake of Joe Hart’s poor form. However, he is set to be handed his first Premier League start since joining the Blues and that may be enough to keep him satisfied for now.
City’s Capital One Cup quarter final match against Leicester has been set for Tuesday 17 December at 7:45pm. City can expect as many as 4,000 tickets for this one, priced at around £20 each. No word yet on whether it will air on TV in the UK.
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