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International duty: Eight stars in action

The last batch of internationals in this break are just around the corner and there could be up to eight City players involved.

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Half of those vying for action will be wearing the sky blue and white of Argentina as the World Cup finalists take on Bolivia at the Mario Kempes Stadium in Cordoba.

Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi and Pablo Zabaleta are all in the squad and will be hoping that Gerardo Martino’s side can make it two wins in a row to strengthen their position in Russia 2018 qualifying.

Argentina beat Chile 2-1 to move on to eight points last week, leaving them five behind early pace-setters Ecuador and level with Fernandinho’s Brazil who are also in action.

Dunga’s side will travel to Estadio Defensores del Chaco in Asunción to face Paraguay in a game which kicks off at 1:45 on Wednesday morning UK time.

Fernandinho played 65 minutes of Brazil’s last encounter against Uruguay on Friday night – an epic 2-2 draw between two teams who will have real aspirations to go deep in Russia in two years’ time.

The City midfielder is expected to start once again alongside Renato Augusto and Luiz Gustavo in the heart of midfield against Paraguay.

Elsewhere, Kelechi Iheanacho will be aiming to start consecutive games for Nigeria for the first time ever when the Super Eagles complete their double header with Egypt on Tuesday evening.

Iheanacho had a direct hand in Nigeria’s only goal against Egypt when the sides met last weekend, striking the woodwork with his shot which rebounded out to Etebo Oghenekaro to tuck home.

Mo Salah denied the Super Eagles the victory with a last minute equaliser, setting up this fourth African Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria intriguingly.

Nigeria lie two points behind Egypt in Group G going into this one.

In non-competitive action, Bacary Sagna’s France meet Russia in Paris on Wednesday night, while Aleksandar Kolarov’s Serbia continue their preparations for World Cup qualifying with a friendly against Estonia.

We’ll keep you across any significant involvement for any of our players over the next couple of days here on mcfc.co.uk.


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