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Fernandinho and Mangala remain sidelined

Fernandinho and Eliaquim Mangala remain out of contention for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.

It’s hoped that one, or both of the pair, will be back in action next week when City travel to West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini revealed that the injury list is exactly the same as it was for the goalless draw against the Toffees in midweek and paid tribute to Kelechi Iheanacho, who was the hero last time City played Palace in the league.

“The injuries are exactly the same as the last game, we are without Fernandinho, Mangala, Bony, Vincent, Nasri, Patrick Roberts,” the City boss said.

“Probably one or two of the players will be fit next week.

“Kelechi is in the squad list – we’ll see tomorrow the starting XI. He’s a young player who is working every day with the team. When young players have the option to play games they have to take their chances and every time Kelechi has done that and played very well.

“It’s important for him to work every day with important players. I especially think he will be an important player.”

Pellegrini was enthused by City’s performance in the draw against Everton, despite the fact that his team failed to secure all three points.

The Chilean believes that the team played as well as they have in games that they’ve won and said that they were unfortunate not to get the victory.

“We dominated, we had chances and for different reasons we didn’t score,” he reflected.

“We can’t be worried after playing that way. It was very strange the team didn’t score – it’s an accident that happens in football sometimes.

“We must continue to play in the same way and trust we will score goals.

 “One of the things this team is not is predictable – we have so many ways of playing.

“We continue being the highest scorers in the Premier League for the last three seasons.  Not only at home, but away we also try to be an offensive team.

“If we don’t score once after having 17 shots, it’s just an accident.

“Teams are always waiting with eight or nine players behind the ball, waiting for us to play.

“We always try to play with a high tempo – it’s not always easy against eight or nine players near their box. It’s not tempo you need, you need accurate passes in the final third. If we don’t have possession, that can be a matter of pace but we normally have possession in games."

Finally, Manuel ruled out any link between Saturday’s game and the win over the Eagles at Selhurst Park earlier in the season.

He added: “Every game is different, we had a very difficult game against Palace in London winning in the very last minute.

“We were in a very good moment at the start of the season, scoring a lot of goals. It was a close game, maybe here in the cup was a bit easier but we don’t think tomorrow will be easy at all.

“They’re a strong team with important players.”

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