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Pellegrini hints at January arrivals after Blackburn draw

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted at the possibility of January activity at the Etihad following the disappointing 1-1 draw away at Blackburn in the FA Cup.

Despite taking the lead, City were held by a spirited Rovers side as they added yet another match to an ever-growing fixture build-up.

The Chilean said: "It doesn't mean that we cannot do, maybe some things from now until the end of January but, for now, nothing important."

Pellegrini already has arguably the best squad in the Premier League which leaves him well suited to mounting challenges on all four fronts this season.

With the draw at Ewood, City ensured they would be in tomorrow's fourth round draw, they have a Capital One Cup semi-final with West Ham in midweek and they also look well prepared for assaults on the Premier League and Champions League.

Despite their array of riches, they couldn't get past a Blackburn side who may feel aggrieved that they didn't take more advantage of Dedryck Boyata's late red card, and Pellegrini was full of praise for the hosts after the match.

He said: "I think it was a very close game. It's a difficulty that they play here with a lot of intensity at home.

"I'm absolutely sure that if they play the same way in the Championship they will possibly be in the best position."

The draw shelves City's plans for a money-spinning friendly in the UAE on January 14th, with a replay against Rovers scheduled for that week.

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