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Carrington Friday: Carlos' birthday treat

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Training Pre Leicester9

It's a busy time at Carrington, but nothing gets past the lens of our photographer!

Good to see Nigel de Jong without that enormo-bandage from the other night, but Jerome Boateng and Pablo Zabaleta are frankly unimpressed with his claim that his first City goal is just around the corner.

Pablo Nigel and Jerome share breakfast before training

It looks like David Platt has chosen the wrong time to tell the boss how good "The King's Speech" is.

David and boss return from the presser

Under the watchful eye of an interested onlooker, Carlos prepares to get a grilling from CityTV's Neil Cole. We couldn't get Paxman.

carlos about to be interveiwed by city tvs neicl cole 

On the training pitch, there's an outbreak of formation jogging but only Aleksandar Kolarov seems to have sussed that team leader Edin Dzeko is going into this with his eyes closed.

holding image

Joe Hart has not missed this, he's just stuck the ball to the back of his glove.

Joe going for it in training

Definitely a case of "less is more" when it comes to the cake, but it's the thought that counts. Carlos is 27 tomorrow, but behind-the-scenes footage of the squad and staff singing "Happy birthday" have hit the cutting room floor, sadly. February 5 is also the birthday of actor Michael Sheen, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and "Alien" monster designer HR Giger. Fact!

Carlos gets a cake at carra 

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