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In other news: Butland in contention for Saturday

FIGHTING FIT: Jack Butland could return for Stoke against City on Saturday.

FIGHTING FIT: Jack Butland could return for Stoke against City on Saturday.

Jack Butland is in line to return to Stoke’s starting line-up ahead of the Potters’ clash with City on Saturday.

The goalkeeper's 2015/16 campaign was ended by a broken ankle suffered while on international duty with England and he missed last weekend’s season opener due to a minor injury on the same ankle.

However, the Daily Mail report the 23-year-old could make his return against the Blues this weekend after Stoke assistant boss, Mark Bowen, said: “He [Butland] tells me he is feeling fine, and depending on how the rest of the week goes there may even be a chance of him being ready for the game on Saturday - although I say that with caution.”

Elsewhere in the world of football…

  • Cesc Fabregas wants to stay at Chelsea (Sky Sports)
  • Liverpool want £30 million up front for Christian Benteke (Telegraph)
  • Barcelona are reportedly interested in West Brom’s Solomon Rondon (Mirror)
  • Arsenal are competing with Manchester United for Jose Fonte’ signature (ESPN)
  • Mahrez admits Barcelona and Real Madrid would be hard to resist (Daily Mail)

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Press praise for 'scintillating' Sterling

IN FORM: Raheem Sterling was singled out for praise after a comfortable win in Bucharest.

A five star performance in Bucharest has got media tongues wagging this morning, with Raheem Sterling the man making the headlines.

Our City-centric round up from the nation's papers.

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Rampant City run riot in Romania

KOLAROV KONGRATULATES: Aleks enjoying what he's seeing

Read how City swept Steaua Bucharest aside in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off round at Romania’s National Arena…

How City took a giant leap towards qualification for the group stages...