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Pellegrini still trusts Joe Hart

Manuel Pellegrini has insisted he still trusts Joe Hart and believes the England goalkeeper can return to his best.

Costel Pantilimon and Joe Hart warm up.
Costel Pantilimon and Joe Hart warm up.

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Hart has been left out of the Manchester City team for the past four games by Pellegrini after he made a series of errors in the opening months of the season.

And Pellegrini faces a decision whether to recall the 26-year-old, who made several fine saves in England's 1-0 defeat to Germany on Tuesday, or keep faith with Costel Pantilimon when City host Tottenham on Sunday.  

Pellegrini reiterated his belief that City need a strong squad but stopped short of saying whether he believes Hart is ready to return after a break that he feels the goalkeeper needed after a heavy workload in recent years.

He told Sky News Arabia: "I think at this moment that maybe Joe needs a rest but we still have a lot of trust in Joe and he's still a very important player in our squad.

"It's very important for me as a manager [that] you don't have 11 players -- you have 22. I analyse what they do every week. I talk with them.

"I am absolutely convinced he will come back to his performances of the last two years."

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