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Man City star targets Manchester derby comeback

By March 16, 2016No Comments

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi is hopeful of featuring in Sunday’s Premier League derby against rivals Manchester United.

The Argentina centre-back was forced off with a dead leg in the first half of City’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Otamendi was hurt in a challenge from Vitaliy Buyalskiy and he seemed to aggravate the problem while attempting to run off the knock.

It compounded a difficult start to the game for City, having already lost captain – and Otamendi’s fellow central defender – Vincent Kompany in the opening minutes.

But while Kompany is expected to be out for at least a month, Otamendi could be back in action by the weekend.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s very similar to a dead leg injury I have had before. I will have a test tomorrow.

“The blow wasn’t that serious but it was better not to continue and come off.

“The test, I hope it shows nothing and am hopeful I can be there on Sunday.

“That is a derby and I will have to be 100 per cent and try to win the Premier League game. It’s a derby, we want to win.”

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