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

Carroll set for England after U-21 omission

Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones were all left out of the England Under-21 squad last night, paving the way for Fabio Capello to pick them in his most experimental squad yet to face France in the senior friendly at Wembley on Wednesday.

Richards: Arguments just show how much we care

For all the talk of "taking the brand global", for all the references to Abu Dhabi and its oil money, Manchester City is still fundamentally about Manchester. In the early days following Sheikh Mansour's takeover, there was much talk about preserving the role of the club's academy that then could claim to be among the most successful in the country. Stephen Ireland has been sold, Nedum Onuoha is on loan at Sunderland, Shaun Wright-Phillips is being touted around and Michael Johnson, perhaps the most interesting of all, has got lost in the wash.

Manchester City face defender shortage

Manchester City could have just three fit defenders for Saturday's Premier League crunch with Chelsea.

Barça's bid has Mascherano in wrong frame of mind to play, says Hodgson

The Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson last night criticised the unsettling influence of Barcelona on their transfer target Javier Mascherano after the Argentine declared himself unable to take any part in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City last night.

Walcott and Johnson set for England squad recall

Capello builds for future with a new-look young side as James makes way for Foster

Viera set to escape red card ban

Patrick Vieira is unlikely to be suspended for the start of the Barclays Premier League season following his sending off against Inter Milan at the weekend, the Football Association have confirmed.

Micah Richards: I'm devastated not to be in England squad

Still only 21 and coming of age with his club, the City defender has withstood racism and avoided a life of crime and drugs. Now he just needs to win over Capello. Steve Tongue speaks to Micah Richards

Hargreaves right back in the frame for England spot

Door open for recovering midfielder if foot injury rules Brown out of the World Cup

Shawcross and Pulis rage at 'foul' that robbed Stoke

Manager and defender furious that official's blunder let Manchester City off hook

Given heroics make the most of Tevez's dead-ball mastery

Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1: Goalkeeper's late penalty save delights whole of Manchester as Chelsea lead at top is cut to two points

Nedum Onuoha: 'I have gone backwards – but I'll get it back'

He was City's bright young thing five years ago – but after the influx of expensive talents, he's still only hopeful of a starting place. The defender talks to Ian Herbert about life on the fringes at the world's richest club

Manchester United in shock move for Micah Richards

Manchester United could make a shock move for Micah Richards according to a report today.

Pearce hails Fulham defender Smalling

England Under-21s manager Stuart Pearce is in no doubt Fulham defender Chris Smalling has a big future.

Richards must raise game, says Hughes

City manager admits his right-back's career has stalled after bright start

Dunne shrugs off the praise for adding to Villa's scoring options

Defender shares the credit with team-mates after getting two goals in two games
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