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Sunday 11 December 2016

Pellegrini may have to cope without key trio

Yaya Toure is doubtful for Manchester City's Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain next week
Yaya Toure is doubtful for Manchester City's Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain next week

Manchester City could be without key trio Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure for their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain next week.

All three players are struggling to prove their fitness for the first leg of the tie in the French capital next Wednesday with midfielder Toure the latest addition to the injury list.

The 32-year-old, troubled by a heel injury in recent weeks, now has a knee problem and will definitely miss today's trip to Bournemouth. Goalkeeper Hart suffered a calf injury in the derby loss to Manchester United a fortnight ago while captain Kompany remains on the sidelines with a similar problem.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "For the three of them it is difficult. They are working. I am not 100 per cent sure but I think it will be difficult for them to play on Wednesday.

"Yaya has a problem in his knee and he was playing in the last game with some trouble."

On the positive side for City, midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Samir Nasri are both fit and back in contention for the game at Bournemouth.

De Bruyne has been out since suffering knee ligament damage and a sprained ankle in January while Nasri has not played since the visit of the Cherries last October after undergoing thigh muscle surgery.

Pellegrini said: "It is two months that Kevin couldn't play but I saw him work this week without any problems. The same for Samir. He had a very long injury, very unexpected."

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