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Joe Hart poised to extend Man City contract

Hart could agree terms this weekend. Credit: PA

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is poised to sign a new contract with the Barclays Premier League champions.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted the England number one is ready to commit himself to the club and fresh terms could even be finalised this weekend.

Pellegrini, speaking on Friday at a press conference to preview Saturday's home clash with Everton, said: "I always said it is important for this club to keep Joe with us.

"He is a very good goalkeeper and not only a very good goalkeeper, he is a very important player for the squad also. So - maybe - in the next day you will have good news."

Asked if that meant within 24 hours, Pellegrini said: "I can't say exactly the amount of hours, but the next day."

Dzeko and Kolarov fit for Everton clash

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and left-back Aleksandar Kolarov could both return for Saturday's Premier League clash with Everton after overcoming calf injuries.

Captain Vincent Kompany (hamstring) and playmaker David Silva (knee) remain on the sidelines while striker Stevan Jovetic is rested as a precaution after suffering a knock in the midweek win at Sunderland.

There are no concerns about midfielder Yaya Toure although he missed training on Friday due to a sore throat.

Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Navas, Milner, Nasri, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Aguero, Dzeko, Pozo.

Alcaraz back for Everton

Everton are set to have defender Antolin Alcaraz back available for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Alcaraz is poised to return to action after missing six games in all competitions due to a shoulder problem.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez does not expect Steven Naismith, James McCarthy (both hamstring) or Darron Gibson (knee) to be ready to make their comebacks this weekend, but Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo may feature as their return to fitness continues.

Provisional squad: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Garbutt, McGeady, Barry, Barkley, Osman, Mirallas, Lukaku, Robles, Hibbert, Pienaar, Besic, Atsu, Eto'o, Alcaraz, Kone, Oviedo.


Pellegrini: Man City skipper Kompany on the mend

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini received a double boost after watching his side come from behind to slay Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.

Pellegrini believes his side's performance proved they were back to the form which swept them to their second title last season. And captain Vincent Kompany is on the road to recovery.

Vincent is improving and maybe it is not such a serious injury as we thought at the beginning - but he needs to see the whole week and we will see what happens with him.

– Manuel Pellegrini
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