Manchester City will be without starting goalkeeper Joe Hart for the next 10 days after suffering an injury against Juventus.
The English international had to be subbed off in the midweek Champions League meeting against Juventus. City manager Manuel Pellegrini has now confirmed that he will be out for 10 days. He also gave updates on some of the other injured City players, including David Silva who will make his return to the lineup.
“Joe Hart has a muscle injury – you never know as it depends how he improves but I think he will be out for ten days,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk.
“Zabaleta is out for a couple of weeks more – he has the same injury in the ligament in his knee. He needs a treatment now so he will be out for at least ten days, while Mangala has a muscle problem in his hamstring but I think he will be fit for Stoke.
“It’s important to have David back – he is a very important player, the same as Kun. It’s very difficult to replace him.
“David gives us a different way of playing – we have good possession against teams with eight or nine players of theirs behind the ball and David is the player with the most accurate passes in the final third.”
Pellegrini also confirmed that Willy Caballero will replace Hart in net while he recovers from his injury.
“Fortunately it’s not a very serious injury for Joe but it’s important for him to recover well – we’ll see in the next days how bad it is,” Pellegrini said.
“I never complain about injuries as I trust a lot in Willy Caballero – I’m sure he will have a good performance.
“Maybe Willy made a mistake against Spurs but every goalkeeper makes mistakes – Joe did against Norwich. Willy played very well in the Capital One Cup – he’s a very experienced player.
“Richard Wright will be the substitute goalkeeper.”