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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

Touré set to return 'as fit as I've ever been' after six-month ban

Manchester City defender Kolo Touré hopes to return like "a new player" after completing his ban for failing a drugs test. The Ivory Coast international is now eligible to play for City again after enduring an enforced six months on the sidelines.

Bolton sign Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata on loan

Bolton have confirmed the signing of defender Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal.

Understudy Lescott set for more central role

The life of a perpetual understudy, as the premature retirement of several goalkeepers has underlined, is a frustrating one, but there is always hope. Joleon Lescott knows that as well as anyone in the England squad. Seven starts in three and a half years, and 32 squad appearances indicate the 28-year-old has had a peripheral international role, but he has learnt at club level the benefits of patience. He spent the first half of the season sat on the bench, with Vincent Kompany and Kolo Touré preferred by manager Roberto Mancini as Manchester City's first-choice central defensive pairing. Then Touré tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended. Lescott was back in the team and he stayed there ending the season with an FA Cup winners' medal.

England treating Switzerland seriously insists Joleon Lescott

Joleon Lescott is confident complacency will not be a factor for England when they tackle Switzerland on Saturday.

Everton deny deal for Jack Rodwell agreed with Manchester United

Everton manager David Moyes has stressed they are not a selling club and dismissed suggestions a deal to sell midfielder Jack Rodwell to Manchester United has already been agreed.

Everton finances show 'sensible management'

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright claims the club's latest financial accounts demonstrate "sensible business management" at Goodison Park last season.

James Lawton: Not in the right frame of mind? Refusal to play is more proof of game's detachment from reality

It is especially sad that Pienaar, who was a most impressive figure during the World Cup, is now in the club founded by Lescott and Mascherano

Kevin Davies says Manchester City are 'embarrassing'

Bolton striker Kevin Davies has branded Manchester City's conduct as "embarrassing" and written them off as potential Barclays Premier League title winners.

Dedryck Boyata: 'If I still want to play I have to get over the red card'

The City academy graduate tells Ian Herbert how he is battling to cope with that fifth-minute dismissal against Arsenal

'Fifth-choice' Bridge ready to fight for his City spot

Wayne Bridge feels he has slipped to fifth-choice left-back at Manchester City but remains determined to fight for as long as he can for a place at a club where he now values the close bond he has formed with some of his team-mates.

Capello's new favourite is just too old-fashioned

For the England management, the aftermath of Wednesday's sorry encounter with France soon became an exercise in straw-clutching. It was no surprise to hear which straw Fabio Capello grabbed most gratefully.

Everton close to admitting defeat in fight for Pienaar

Everton's hopes of keeping Steven Pienaar receded last night after Phil Neville revealed that the club had exhausted every avenue in their efforts to ensure the influential South African stays at Goodison Park.

Lescott admits he must prove himself to Mancini

It seems like such a long time since Mark Hughes practically went to war to sign Joleon Lescott from Everton, but it is only 14 months since the defender arrived at Eastlands as a regular in the England squad with a £22 million price tag.

Lescott can deal with expectations

Joleon Lescott believes being part of a Manchester City side expected to be successful after their spending spree will help him deal with England expectations.

Capello defends England preperations

Fabio Capello insists England's dismal performance against Montenegro at Wembley had nothing to do with the lack of a warm-up game.

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