Jumat, 01 Februari 2013

Premier League: Manchester City take on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium

Matija Nastasic: Doubtful with a knee injury

City are again without captain Vincent Kompany for Sunday's clash at the Etihad Stadium as he remains sidelined by a calf injury.

The champions are hopeful Matija Nastasic (knee), who could only make the bench at QPR in midweek, will be fit to start, otherwise midfielder Javi Garcia may again have to deputise.

Right-back Maicon (knee) is back in training and could soon be available while fellow defender Micah Richards (knee) hopes to return this month. Midfielder Yaya Toure and defender Kolo Toure are still on international duty, while Mario Balotelli has departed for AC Milan.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers must decide whether to thrust new signing Philippe Coutinho into the fray for the meeting with the champions.

Coutinho completed his move to Anfield from Inter Milan in midweek but is likely to be given more time to acclimatise to life in his new surroundings.

Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique all returned from injury fo r the midweek draw at Emirates Stadium and can expect to be involved again this weekend.

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