Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Kelechi Iheanacho is available for selection against Newcastle on Saturday, and maintained that his team can win without influential skipper Vincent Kompany.
The Nigeria youth international, who has a goal in three Premier League appearances this term, has been nursing a problem that ruled him out of his side’s 4-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Pellegrini has declared his midfielder fully fit, while revealing that Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Kompany are out to injury.
“Vincent Kompany, Clichy, Delph, Nasri and Toure are injured. Mangala is on the squad list and so are Kelechi and Bony,” Pellegrini told club’s website.
“Kompany’s calf is still injured – we’ll see if he’s fit after the international break.
“It’s not been a normal situation to have so many injuries – against Sunderland we had 11 injured, then it’s been seven or eight. I hope after this break, most of them will be fit.
“I never complain about the players who can’t play. I don’t think that one name can change the performance of this team. We also win a lot of games without Vincent.
“He’s an important player for us of course – we hope we will play again soon of course,” he concluded.
Manchester City are second on the English Premier League log with 15 points from seven games – and could return to the summit of the log should leaders Manchester United falter at Arsenal on Sunday.