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Man City's Fernandinho fit to face Barcelona

17 February 2014, 19:02

Manchester - Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is fit to play in his side's Champions League last 16 first leg against Barcelona, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Monday.

The Brazil international has missed City's last three matches due to a muscular problem, but he took part in training on Monday and could now face Barcelona in Tuesday's game at the Etihad Stadium.

"He has a chance because he's in the squad list for tomorrow," Pellegrini told a press conference.

"We'll see tomorrow which 11 we start with, but he's in the squad list. He worked without any problems."

Midfielder James Milner is suspended, while Pellegrini confirmed that striker Sergio Aguero will not feature due to a hamstring problem.

"Aguero is not in the squad list," Pellegrini added.

"He's not fit for tomorrow. It was very difficult for him to be, so we'll see if he can be fit on Saturday (when City host Stoke City in the Premier League), but maybe it also is difficult."

Centre-back Matija Nastasic is also expected to miss out against Barcelona after he was unable to play an active part in an open training session on Monday morning.

City have thrilled neutral fans with their attacking football this season, notably scoring 68 goals in their 25 league games to date, and Pellegrini says that they will not ignore their instincts against Barca.

"When you play against Barcelona, against important teams, you always must consider important things," said the Chilean.

"But I think the most important thing is to try to be the same team that you are seeing every week here in the Premier League.

"That for me is very important, to continue having the style of play, to continue having the personality to try to beat Barcelona.

"You cannot play without considering that in front you have (Lionel) Messi, you have other important players.

"But we are not going to play just thinking of defending and not thinking of what we can do with the ball."




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