Joe Hart has received backing from rival goalkeeper David de Gea.

Hart has been dropped for the last two games by Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and is likely to find himself on the bench again for City’s home game against CSKA Moscow.

Hart has come under fire for some shaky performances this season. He was caught out of position in City’s 3-2 loss against Aston Villa in September.

More recently, Hart had a rush of blood and rushed off his line towards the advancing Matija Nastasic, who inadvertently ushered the ball over Hart as Fernando Torres was breathing down his back.

Costel Pantimillon was preferred to Hart for the week’s Capital One Cup game against Newcastle, which was in all likelihood, the Chilean’s plan along as Pantimillon has started every Capital One Cup game so far this season.

A clearer admission of Pellegrini’s attitude towards Hart’s form of late was delivered on Saturday when Hart was dropped to the bench for the game against Norwich. It was a game he would have started if it were not for his clanger against Chelsea.

There is no doubting Hart’s ability, but he his position play and decision-making have been called into question lately. With the World Cup on the horizon, Roy Hodgson has already said he will use John Ruddy and Fraser Forster for the up-coming friendlies, Hart will be fighting to regain two places.

Hart has found an ally in De Gea it would seem, with the Spaniard leaping to his defence, saying; "Joe Hart is a great keeper. It's very complicated to play at the top level and never to make mistakes.

"I am sure he will work very hard to go back into the first 11 and sooner or later he will make it."

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