Champions League

Preview: CSKA Moscow v Man City

2014-10-20 14:43
Frank Lampard (Supplied)
Frank Lampard (Supplied)
Cape Town - Manchester City are likely to be without midfielder Frank Lampard for their Champions League Group E clash with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old suffered a thigh injury during Saturday's 4-1 victory over Tottenham, and had to be stretchered off the field. While he will undergo a scan before a decision is made on his fitness, the initial signs suggest he will miss the encounter.

Samir Nasri (groin) and Eliaquim Mangala (muscle problem) are set to miss out for the Citizens as they continue their recovery from injury.

Lampard's absence will be offset by the expected return to the starting line-up of Yaya Toure, who was used as a substitute against Spurs after a draining stint of international duty.

While City have shown good form in domestic competition, they have failed to really hit their stride in Europe, with an opening-day defat away to Bayern Munich followed by a draw at home with Roma.

This run of results see them sitting in third in the group standings, five points behind leaders Bayern and just ahead of CSKA, who are yet to register a point.

Manuel Pellegrini will therefore have highlighted back-to-back fixtures against the Russian outfit to get their campaign back on track.

Tuesday's game will be played behind closed doors after CSKA were sanctioned for racist behaviour by their fans during a recent clash with Roma.

Leonid Slutsky's team will not only be without their supporters for the match, but also playmaker Alan Dzagoev and defender Pontus Wernbloom, who are both suspended.

Vitinho, Rasmus Elm and Kirill Panchenko are also set to miss out through injury, while Mario Fernandes and Seydou Doumbia are rated as doubtful.


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