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Pearce plans contract talks with Weaver

Manchester City's comeback goalkeeper Nicky Weaver could be rewarded with a new deal.

Weaver, 27, has played 20 matches this season following a career-threatening knee injury.

Such has been his good form that £2million summer signing Andreas Isaksson is spending his time on the bench.

Weaver's 12-month contract expires in the summer and manager Stuart Pearce said: 'I have spoken to Nicky's agent and we will have another chat this month.

'I am in the fortunate position of having four top goalkeepers on my hands. But Nicky has been in a rich vein of form and I have nothing but respect for him.

'When I first came to the club five and a half years ago I thought he could have been more professional. Then the penny dropped. He has been unfortunate with injuries and I accept that.

'But he has now got a grasp of what needs to be done in professional football to get your rewards. He has pressure from the other goalkeepers to play well and that has kept him on his toes.

'Nicky's work ethic has to be admired when you consider at one time there seemed no light at the end of the tunnel.'

Pearce has sent goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan to League One Tranmere while Kasper Schmeichel is also on City's books.

Weaver looks set to set to face Sheffield Wednesday - the club he supported as a boy and played for on loan last season - in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Pearce added: 'Nicky is a local lad and Wednesday is in his blood. I know he is excited about this game.'