Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is set to miss the Citizens’ clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon at the Etihad, but should return in time for their Champions League fixture with CSKA Moscow, reports Goal.
The Frenchman returned from international duty with a muscle injury, having
played all 90 minutes in Les Bleus 2-1 win over Portugal. He did not feature in the 3-0 win away to Armenia and will now miss the Spurs game.
City face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday evening and Manuel Pellegrini believes the centre-back will be ready to return for the crunch game.
“We have just a small problem with Mangala, a small muscle injury, but I think he will without any problem be fit for Tuesday,” Pellegrini told reporters.
Midfielder Yaya Toure could also miss out on the tie with Mauricio Pochettino’s side this weekend, having returned from international duty with the Ivory Coast on Thursday.
Pellegrini will make a decision over the 31-year-old’s involvement before the game.
Last season, City scored 11 goals against Spurs, smashing them 6-0 at the Etihad and 5-1 at White Hart Lane, as the north Londoners struggled to compete against fellow big clubs.
“We are not expecting to score six goals every time we play Tottenham,” said Pellegrini.
“Last year Spurs away was one of the best games we played.
“We hope to play a very good game but it will be very different [to last season].”