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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

Roberto Mancini is congratulated by City’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, after last season’s league triumph

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says FFP plan is unfair on rich clubs

Manchester City’s manager, Roberto Mancini, has said that he personally disagrees with the notion of financial fair play, insisting that it should be up to a “rich man” to spend money as he chooses.

Manchester City will appeal Vincent Kompany's red card for this tackle on Jack Wilshere

Manchester City relief as Vincent Kompany has red card overturned

Captain was sent off during victory over Arsenal

Gael Clichy in pre-season action for Manchester City

Gael Clichy remains sidelined for Manchester City ahead of Wigan trip

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<b>Joleon Lescott, Manchester City</b><br/>
Although twice as experienced as the other options on this list (excluding Ferdinand), there is concern that Lescott will fall down the pecking order at Manchester City, particularly after summer signing Matija Nastasic started ahead of him in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. His club manager, Roberto Mancini, is concerned at Lescott's lack of mobility, while a few costly mistakes this season have not aided his cause.

Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, Maicon and David Silva in contention for Tottenham clash

Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, Maicon and David Silva are hoping to return to action in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham.

Micah Richards is taken off in the Premier League game against Swansea

Pablo Zabaleta provides welcome boost for injury hit Manchester City

Pablo Zabaleta has eased Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's defensive injury concerns by declaring himself fit for Saturday's trip to West Ham.

Carlos Tevez and Joe Hart make Carlos Hart

Manchester Spooky: City stars including Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli have faces merged with frightening results

Halloween has come come early at Manchester City where players faces have been merged with frightening results.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini tells defenders to adapt or sit in the stands

‘‘The next time we play this system [a back three], Micah Richards can stay on the bench”

Dejected City players regroup on Wednesday night

Roberto Mancini defiant over formation blaming players for not understanding

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

Some discernible patterns of behaviour are becoming clear in Roberto Mancini, and they are always at their most visible when Manchester City have had a bad night.

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.

Manchester City cracking up as defeat to Ajax leaves them on the brink of Champions League exit

Infighting starts with Champions League exit looming while Arsenal lose at home

Carlos Tevez runs with the ball during Manchester City's game with West Brom
Chelsea defender David Luiz

Chelsea defender David Luiz bound for Barcelona

Chelsea defender David Luiz has sparked a frenzy of speculation that he is set to join Barcelona.

Ryan Giggs heads in Craig Bellamy’s cross at Wembley last night

Giggs pulls the strings as Pearce's side find their feet

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Ryan Bertrand challenges Brazil's Neymar last night

Brazil's class highlights Team GB's shortfalls

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