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  • 08 November 2011 12:08
  • Posted by David Clayton

No fewer than 19 of City’s senior squad have joined up with their national teams during the current international break.

Though some have only had to travel a short distance, several have flown thousands of miles to hook up with their country for either qualifying games or friendly matches.

Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta have the longest journey as they travel back to South America for Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Colombia.

Pablo Zabaleta

By contrast, Adam Johnson, Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Gareth Barry have two home friendlies at Wembley Stadium – one against Spain and the other against Sweden.

David Silva only has to travel to Wembley, too – at least initially – for the England v Spain clash. In what seems like an odd decision, the Spaniards will then make the gruelling trek to Central America to face Costa Rica in another friendly.

David Silva

Aleks Kolarov is also in Central America for Serbia’s two friendlies with Honduras and Mexico.

Arguably, the two most important games of the next ten days are the Euro 12 play-offs which will see the final four teams take their place at next summer’s tournament.

Edin Dzeko will feature in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s two-legged tie with Portugal, while Stefan Savic’s Montenegro will do battle with the Czech Republic.

Edin Dzeko

Mario Balotelli should feature for Italy in their games with Poland and Uruguay while Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy may play for France in their matches with USA and Belgium – the latter should see them facing team-mate Vincent Kompany (and City’s skipper could in turn face Costel Pantilimon in a friendly with Romania!).

Kolo and Yaya Toure have flown to South Africa where they will play in a friendly for the Ivory Coast and if fit, Nigel de Jong won’t have quite as far to travel as Holland play host to Switzerland and then travel a short distance to Germany.

Roberto Mancini will be hoping all the lads will return from representing their countries carrying no injuries ahead of the Blues’ top-of-the-table clash with Newcastle.

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