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Manchester City strikers all injured for Palace clash

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that all three of his first-team strikers are unavailable for their game with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko have all suffered injuries in recent weeks, forcing the manager to utilise teenager Jose Angel Pozo as their lone frontman.

Zubizarreta: Barcelona and Man City are two great teams

Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta believes his club will have a tough time trying to overcome Manchester City.

The Catalans face the Premier League champions for the second successive season, after Barcelona won the tie 4-1 on aggregate last season.

"It is the same draw we had a year ago, it was a very difficult game and we are going to look forward to it. Manchester City have an outstanding squad with a very good coach, a very good team and are very competitive," the former goalkeeper told Eurosport

"We know all about them. They have been playing at a very high level and it is going to be difficult. Two great teams with incredible players and anything can happen.

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Hart set to sign new Man City contract

England goalkeeper Joe Hart wants to stay at Man City for the rest of his career. Credit: PA

England goalkeeper Joe Hart says he wants to stay at Manchester City for the rest of his career as he prepares to sign a new contract.

The 27-year-old has reportedly been in talks over a lucrative new five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium for several months.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini last week said he expected negotiations to be completed imminently and Hart has now revealed the contract is all but signed.

I love this place and I love everything about Manchester City.

I have been here for a long time. I feel like it is my club now and I want to be here as long as I can.

As far as I am aware it (the contract) is pretty much sorted. I leave it to the legal side to sort but I am very happy at this club and hopefully in the near future I will be signing that contract.

– Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Manchester City Champions League permutations

It's not a straightforward for Manchester City in the Champions League, but they still have a great chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

The Premier League champions know a win in Rome will see them through, as long as CSKA Moscow don't defeat group winners Bayern Munich in Germany.

Vincent Kompany could return from injury for the game. Credit: PA

Alternatively, City could still advance by drawing in the Italian capital by a score of 2-2 or greater, as, if points are equal in the group, the standings are decided on head-to-head in the competition and City drew 1-1 with Roma in Manchester earlier on.

Even a CSKA draw in Munich could be enough, in addition to a 1-1 scoreline in Rome, as then City's goal difference will be greater.

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