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International duty: Blues go global

A host of Manchester City stars are on international duty over the next few days, although Aleks Kolarov has already tasted action for his country.

The left-back played the full 90 minutes of Serbia’s meeting with Poland in Poznan – where Aleks also briefly featured when City lost to Lech Poznan in the Europa League in 2010 – but was on the losing side, with Jakub Blaszczykowski’s goal giving the hosts a 1-0 victory.

Thursday

David Silva is in the Spain squad to face Italy in Udine.

Friday

A busy day across several time zones, with Kelechi Iheanacho hoping to build on his fine season for City by aiding Nigeria in the first of their two African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt.

Wilfried Bony is with Ivory Coast for the first of their pair of AFCON qualifiers against Sudan.

Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi and Martin Demichelis were called up on World Cup qualifying duties by Argentina. They face Chile in Santiago at 20:30 local time.

Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi

"Watch and learn, Lionel - watch and learn..."

Lying sixth in their group some seven points behind Ecuador, the 2014 World Cup finalists have won just one of their four qualifiers so far.

Bacary Sagna and France face the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Saturday

Fernandinho is in Recife with Brazil, where the hosts face a Uruguay side likely to feature Luiz Suarez for the first time since his notorious clash with Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup that led to his nine-match ban from competitive international football.

What the Media Says

Express: Hart on track for PSG return?

WORLD GREAT: Lionel Messi

The Daily Express suggest this morning that Joe Hart could be back in time for City’s Champions League quarter-final with PSG.

Press talk about Manchester City 24 March 2016

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City to face United in China

TOUR OF DUTY: Jihai Sun helps luanch the preseason visit to China, along with ex-United defender Nemanja Vidic

City will play United in China this summer in the first ever Manchester derby to take place outside the United Kingdom.

The game will take place at the iconic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing on 25 July as part of the International Champions Cup China, before the Blues play Borussia Dortmund on 28 July in booming technology hub Shenzhen.