Uefa have today announced Manchester City’s updated 21 man squad for the knock out stages of this season’s Champions League, and Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic has made way for new signing Wilfried Bony.
THE FINAL NAIL IN JOVETIC’S COFFIN?
Jovetic, who is reportedly now looking for a move away from The Etihad Stadium has been ousted to make way for new signing Bony. The City man was rumoured to be on his way out during the January transfer window, with exciting French forward Alexander Lacazette heavily linked with the club.
After this shock revelation the striker must be considering his options, and the club clearly seem to feel he is not the answer moving forward.
Jovetic has very much been a bit-part player this season for the Citizens and when handed the opportunity has disappointed, with a sub-par return of only five league goals. The forward missed the majority of last season with injury and now must seriously be considering his options moving forward.
Financial Fair Play Breach and 21 man squad
Due to a breach of financial fair play City were only allowed a 21-man squad for this season's Champions League and this squad had to contain five homegrown players and 16 non-homegrown players.
The home grown players, Joe Hart, James Milner, Frank Lampard, Gael Clichy and Dedryck Boyata, were untouchable as they needed to fill the quota, however after the signing of Bony it is Jovetic who will suffer the ultimate wrath of this ruling, with the Montenegrin missing out on Europe’s biggest cup competition.