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City face injury crisis ahead of Hammers visit

Filed: Friday, 17th April 2015
By: Staff Writer

Manchester City are missing five key players as they prepare for Sunday's clash with West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini, speaking the the assembled press pack at the club's Football Academy has ruled Wilfried Bony, Gael Clichy, Stevan Jovetic, Vincent Kompany and James Milner out of contention for this weekend's match, which takes place at 1.30pm on Sunday lunchtime.

"Clichy has a groin problem, while Jovetic and Bony are recovering," he said. "Vincent is injured Ė itís very difficult to know [how long he'll be out]. He has a muscle injury Ė we donít know how many weeks. You donít know if he will be fit before the end of the season.

ďWe are thinking about the next game against West Ham on Sunday - and thatís the only thing on our minds.Ē

West Ham go into the game harbouring injury problems of their own, with James Tomkins, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho all unlike to play again this season.

That means that Sam Allardyce is likey to start with the soon-to-depart Carlton Cole alongside Enner Valencia this weekend, should he choose to emulate the two-striker system that beat City 2-1 at the Boleyn earlier in the season.

Manchester City vs West Ham: Sunday 19 April 2015 (1.30pm k/o). Join the debate ahead of the match on the KUMB Forum.

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