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Richard Jolly profile picture Posted by Richard Jolly
Jan 17, 2014

Yaya Toure, Silva back for City

Yaya Toure and David Silva will return to the Manchester City team against Cardiff on Saturday.

Toure and Silva both missed the FA Cup rout of Blackburn.
Toure and Silva both missed the FA Cup rout of Blackburn.

Curtis: Number crunching

Both midfielders missed Wednesday’s 5-0 FA Cup win over Blackburn when the Ivorian had a back problem and the Spaniard a minor knock but manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed they will be fit to feature against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

But Pellegrini, whose side only need to score once against the Bluebirds to bring up a century of goals in all competitions this season, has to decide which of his prolific forwards to leave on the bench.

Alvaro Negredo has struck six times in his last three games and Edin Dzeko has scored five times in the same period but Sergio Aguero is fit again after returning as a substitute against Rovers.

The Argentina international had missed eight games with a calf injury but scored 49 seconds into his comeback to take his tally to 19 goals in his last 17 games for City.

And Pellegrini said: "Sergio is in the squad list. He is coming from a long injury, he played just 20 minutes the other day. We will see which is the best way for him to continue in the next games.

"It is better for the manager to have difficult choices to select. They are three important players, Negredo and Dzeko are in a very good moment and Sergio is coming back from an important injury so the three are very useful for us.

Toure’s back injury had been troubling him for a few weeks but both he and Silva started City’s last league game, the 2-0 win at Newcastle, and can play again. "Both are in the squad list," Pellegrini confirmed.

Striker Stevan Jovetic, who has only made one start since his summer move from Fiorentina, could be in line to figure again soon.

Pellegrini added: "Stevan Jovetic is close to a comeback but is not ready. He is not in the squad because he is not ready for this match but maybe next week he will be fit."

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