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City hope to welcome duo back

December 29, 2014 17:03:33 UK

Manchester City hope to have key players Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure back from injury when they play host to Sunderland on New Year’s Day.

Both men were absent as the Citizens dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with their influence clearly missed as the hosts let a two-goal lead slip.

Head coach Manuel Pellegrini told his club’s official website: “We will see if Vincent is fit for the next game. It is very difficult to know now, he felt some problem in his calf.

It is too early to decide the title now and we need to keep playing and winning games.

Fernandinho

“Yaya Toure was not able to play 90 minutes. He felt a problem in his groin at the beginning of the last game.

“After 48 hours, it was too high-risk to repeat. He was not 100 per cent, so it was not good for him to play.”

City can be backed at 1.22 to defeat Sunderland, while they are 7.00 to win by a 2-0 scoreline and are 1.72 to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, Citizens midfielder Fernandinho does not believe that his side have done too much damage to their title hopes by allowing two points to slip through their fingers against the Clarets – with Premier League leaders Chelsea drawing 1-1 at Southampton.

He told reporters: “Chelsea drew, we drew and the Premier League is still open. The race for the title is still open.

“It is too early to decide the title now and we need to keep playing and winning games – we will see what will happen.”

Coach Pellegrini had played a similar tune straight after the setback against Burnley, saying: “The game against Burnley was a chance to have two points more, but it was not a chance to win anything else. We have to play the rest of the season.

“We finished the first half of the season with 43 points – a good amount. After you are winning 2-0, it is more disappointing to lose two points, but we have the rest of the season to see who will be the best team.”

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