Sport Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic could make his awaited return from injury in the League Cup semi-final second leg against West Ham

Jovetic has seen his start to life with City hampered by injury but he could make his return against the Hammers in the League Cup semi-final second leg

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James Milner points to 2-1 win over five-time World Cup winners

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Age 30, Caps 23

England dogged by defence dilemmas ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers

Roy Hodgson now has four centre-halves with little international experience to select from. That should not matter against San Marino but will in Montenegro

England defender Gary Cahill

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor called up to England squad after Gary Cahill is ruled out

Chelsea defender hurt his knee at the weekend and will not feature against San Marino

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero looks dejected during their game against Southampton

Match Report: Dismal Manchester City wave title hopes goodbye

Southampton 3 Manchester City 1

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could face three-week injury lay-off

Kompany limped out of last week's FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke

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Baines and Anichebe add to Newcastle's growing misery

It is possible to sell very good footballers and emerge as a serious force in English football. That may be a crumb of comfort to Newcastle's supporters this morning. There are not many more. Everton continued their excellent season by climbing to fifth place in the Premier League. They will still believe the Champions League is possible.

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Champions beaten at home by local rivals Manchester United

Dejected City players regroup on Wednesday night

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is adamant top players should be able to fit into any system - and insisted only weak teams would collapse after one defeat.

Mancini: The competition has haunted him as both a player and a manager

Mancini's meddling and misguided man-management is key to mediocrity

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Scepticism at the manager's methods grows after Champions League debacle against Ajax

Eriksen's coup de grâce puts City all but out of Europe

It really was what they said it might be – a Group of Death – and it has all but certainly deposited Manchester City from the Champions League at the first hurdle once again. But what we saw here last night was an act of self-immolation, a defeat which confirms that the club's own failings are the problem on an evening of dreadful defending and few chances created.

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