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Pellegrini won't use injuries as an excuse

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is reluctant to use injuries as an excuse with regard to his side's faltering Barclays Premier League title challenge.

Pellegrini's squad have been hit by some notable injuries during the season, with top-scorer Sergio Aguero more than once having to spend a considerable spell on the sidelines.

We have had an important amount of injuries during the whole season.

I think it has not only been our team, though.

We play so many games with a lot of intensity and maybe all the teams that play in all the competitions have a lot of injuries.

But, of course, it is a problem.

– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

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Poyet backs Mannone ahead of Chelsea clash

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is confident Vito Mannone has the mental strength to bounce back from his costly midweek howler at Chelsea.

The 26-year-old Italian keeper allowed Samir Nasri's tame shot to squirm from his grasp and over the line as Manchester City snatched a 2-2 draw with the Black Cats at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

That's why when you have a son, the first thing you say is, 'Don't play in goal. Any position but in goal'.

It doesn't matter how well you play for 89 minutes, it doesn't matter how many saves or crosses you catch, if you make one mistake, it is going to cost you a goal.

It's the worst position to be part of. But the goalkeepers know that and the have to live with that and they have cope with that.

I think Vito wants just to play again as soon as soon as possible. I have got no doubts he is going to play tomorrow, it's not a problem for me.

– Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

Spurs v Fulham starting line-ups

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Our team today: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Fryers, Rose; Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane.

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Fulham Team vs Spurs: Stockdale; Heitinga, Amorebieta, Hangeland, Riise; Kvist, Sidwell, Parker; Dejagah, Rodallega, Ka?anikli?. #coyw

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Hazard must return to full training to face Atletico

Hazard limped off against PSG in the last round. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard must prove his fitness by returning to full training to feature in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, according to assistant coach Steve Holland.

"He hasn't trained yet, but that doesn't definitely rule him out of the game on Tuesday," Holland said.

"He's obviously close but it's a day-by-day one at the moment.

"For him to be considered for Tuesday, he obviously needs to train with the group very quickly.

"We'll need to see how he is (on Saturday) having completed what he's done (on Friday), and the process continues.

"He's got to train with the group in the next couple of days."

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