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Manuel Pellegrini previews Stoke v Manchester City
Season 2015/16

No fresh concerns ahead of Watford clash says boss

  • 31 December 2015 13:22
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Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy have recovered from slight knocks ahead of City’s trip to Watford, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.

The duo should be fit for the Hornets clash, though Vincent Kompany is not expected to return for three or four weeks and Samir Nasri is out for several months.

“Delph and Clichy worked normally today,” said the boss. “They had some small problems in the last game. All the other players apart from Kompany and Nasri are fit.”

The boss also added the Club’s medical team will do everything they can to get the bottom the Kompany calf problem that has blighted the skipper’s season so far.

“We are trying to do all we know to help Vincent to try to be fit and not to continue with the same calf problems – as I say, everything the club can do, we are going to do it,” he said.

With the January transfer window opening in two days, the Chilean hinted he is not expecting to do any major business, saying: “I think the squad is complete. As always, I said that we are not going to completely rule anything out, but we are not really thinking of any special players to bring in.

“I don’t talk about rumours. I am telling you what I am thinking about for our squad in this moment.”

Pellegrini also admitted he is not surprised by Watford’s progress this campaign and the fact they have almost reached the halfway point of the season and are still within reach of the top four is testament to their quality.

He said: “Maybe at the beginning of the season it can be a surprise, the same as Leicester, but when you play 19 games or so and we are still talking about Watford and Leicester, it is because they have important players in a good moment in who are giving a high performance with their managers doing a very good job.

“As for ourselves, I feel we are in a good position. Always the best position is to be top of the table, but I think that this is a special season in the Premier League.

“With the amount of points we have at this moment, it is not good to fight for the title in a normal season when you finish with a lot more points.

“However, we are three points behind the leaders and I hope we are going to complete strongly with a very good second half of the season.”

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