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Bony set to miss Goodison Park trip

  • 05 January 2016 13:08
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Wilfried Bony is out of City’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Goodison Park.

The Ivorian has suffered an injury to his calf but Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that it is nothing serious and he hopes Bony will return to action at Norwich on Saturday.

Bony joins Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri on the sidelines for the trip to Merseyside.

“Bony has a kick in his calf so maybe he’s not fit for tomorrow,” Pellegrini revealed.

“In a few days more he should be fine to come back. Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri are out.

“We’ll try to do everything we can to recover our injured players as soon as we can. With Nasri it’s difficult – he needs an amount of time as he’s had surgery on his muscle.

“We have a lot of games – fortunately we have most of the squad fit so we can make some changes to see which players start which games.

“Sergio played three games in a week which was no problem for this moment. The last injury was not a muscle injury, just a pain in his heel. He’s fit and the best way for him to recover his best performance is to play games.”

City face an Everton side who have received criticism for their defending in recent weeks.

The Toffees have conceded 29 goals in the Premier League so far this season – eight more than City – however, Pellegrini believes that every game is different and won’t change his style of play because of any perceived weaknesses in the Everton backline.

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He said: “We’re not going to change our style of playing because of Everton. We will try to play as an offensive team, to create chances and to score the most amount of goals we can. We don’t think it will be easy because Everton have conceded goals recently Every game is different.

“Everton play offensive football and it’s always more difficult to defend because there is more space. If you play near your box and defend it’s easier.”

With just 180 minutes separating City or Everton from a trip to Wembley, supporters minds will inevitably drift towards the prospect of landing the first available piece of silverware this season.

Manuel, however, is keeping his feet on the ground and is only ever thinking about the next game.

“We must beat Everton, then we can think about the first title and then we think about the best way to start the FA Cup - we must focus game by game regardless of the competition,” he warned.

“Maybe it’s impossible to win all of the competitions but your attitude and desire and having a winning mentality indicates you must believe you can.

“It’s important when you’re in a competition to try to win it. We’ve won three games and now we’re in the semi-final.

“It’s very beautiful to finish at Wembley in front of a lot of people.

“It’s always better to play away first so you know what you need in the second leg at home. Maybe it’s more important in the Champions League trying not to concede in the home games.”

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