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Man City defender not fit for weekend clash with Tottenham

Eliaquim Mangala is set to miss Manchester City's home match against Tottenham with a thigh injury.

Eliaquim Mangala is set to miss Manchester City's home match against Tottenham with a thigh injury.

The defender was an unused substitute for France in midweek and should be fit for City's Champions League match in Moscow on Tuesday.

All the other City players are fit apart from Samir Nasri, who is still recovering from groin surgery.

Here is a list of Manchester City's provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Silva, Navas, Milner, Lampard, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko.

Pep Guardiola would relish the chance to take over Manchester United one day

Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to manage Manchester United one day Credit: PA

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola would relish the chance to take charge of Manchester United, according to a newly-released book chronicling his debut season with the German giants.

According to several national newspapers, in Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich, his close friend and journalist Marti Perarnau wrote that Guardiola expressed his desire to manage United in 2011.

"I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day,"

– Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich Head Coach

He had already agreed to take over at Bayern in January 2013 before Sir Alex Ferguson announced his intentions to stand down after 26 and a half years at the helm of United a few months later.

It was reported that the Red Devils made overtures towards the former Barcelona and Spain midfielder following David Moyes' sacking earlier this year, but they instead appointed veteran Dutch boss Louis van Gaal.

Everton manager cautious about Ross Barkley's return to England Under-21 side

Ross Barkley has returned to training for Everton and could play Saturday Credit: PA

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is close to a return from injury but manager Roberto Martinez remains cautious about the availability of his player to join England's Under-21 squad next summer.

The 20-year-old, who has yet to play for Everton after sustaining knee ligament damage, is already being touted for a recall to the under-21s to bolster their squad for the 2015 European Championships.

It is not an idea that Martinez appears keen on:

"Ross is coming back from an injury so he hasn't played much football,"

"If the tournament was now it would be a good opportunity for Ross to get some playing time but if it is at the end of a season where he has played consistently for 10 months then he needs to have a break."

– Roberto Martinez, Everton Football Club Manager

Martinez does not believe the growing clamour for young players to gain tournament experience is right despite calls for the likes of Barkley and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling to be parachuted back into the Under -21 squad.

Barkley returned to full training with the squad on Monday and could possibly play against Aston Villa on Saturday.

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