Hart Takes Stick - But Not From Pellegrini

Last updated : 17 August 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

lCity striker Sergio Aguero is in contention to face Newcastle after overcoming a knee injury, but defender Matija Nastasic is missing due to an ankle problem.

New signings Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic could all make their debuts in what will be Manuel Pellegrini’s first competitive game in charge.

Pellegrini has backed Joe Hart to defy critics and prove he is England’s best goalkeeper.

Hart’s status as Roy Hodgson’s first choice has come under renewed scrutiny after an error in the midweek friendly against Scotland at Wembley.

Hart was at fault for Scotland’s first goal, scored by West Bromwich Albion’s James Morrison.

Pellegrini: “I think Joe Hart has to demonstrate why he is the best goalkeeper in England every week he plays.

“He’s a very important goalkeeper, I have a lot of trust in him.

“Everyone can make an error, but personally I have a lot of trust in Joe.”

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