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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


Zabaleta: Lampard playing like he's 18

Two pro's. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard is "still playing like he's 18 years old" and driving Manchester City's Premier League title race with former club Chelsea, according to Pablo Zabaleta.

Full-back Zabaleta hailed Lampard's growing influence as the City hierarchy consider whether to seek an extension to the 36-year-old's Etihad Stadium loan deal.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard fired his 174th Premier League goal in City's 3-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday.

For me what makes Frank Lampard special is how professional he is in training: this is what I appreciate from him.

You see him at training: he is the first to arrive on the training ground and the last to go home.

He won everything with Chelsea, he's a legend in football and he's still playing like he's 18 years old.

– Man City defender Pablo Zabaleta.

Yaya Toure correctly points out he is human

Toure's performances have improved lately. Credit: PA

Yaya Toure has pledged to ignore critics of his early-season form to focus on Manchester City's Premier League title battle with Chelsea.

Ivory Coast midfielder Toure blasted reigning champions City into the lead en route to a vital 3-0 league victory at Southampton on Sunday.

The 31-year-old vowed to shrug off the fallout from a hectic 12 months and drag City right back into the title fight, with the Manchester men now trailing leaders Chelsea by six points.

For me the most important thing is I try to do my best for the team. Sometimes people are not thinking we are human beings, people are always trying to criticise you even though you are a human being.

So I never think about those things, I always try to focus on my team. The Premier League is important, and whenever we lose we will get criticised.

But we've just got to fight until the end: our squad is fantastic and we know exactly how to fight all the way in this league.

Teams will always step up their game against us, and we know we've got to try to keep place with Chelsea.

– Yaya Toure

Kompany facing anxious wait over injury

Captain Kompany is crucial to City's team. Credit: PA

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will find out on Monday whether the hamstring problem he suffered against Southampton was a strain or just cramp.

Belgium centre-back Kompany struggled with a leg niggle towards the end of City's 3-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday, and now faces scans to determine the extent of his injury.

Given the fact Eliaquim Mangala will be banned following his red card for two bookings at Saints, Pellegrini would be forced to rejig his defence if Kompany cannot feature on Wearside.

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