Nicolas Otamendi can fill void left by Vincent Kompany against West Ham

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As the Premier League returns this weekend, Manchester City aim to get back into their stride against an in-form West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

A win is all that matters after their defeat to Juventus mid-week, and Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to his players to show the title-winning mentality of bouncing back - quickly and sharply.

Unfortunately for the Citizens, their inspirational captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of contention for this weekend's clash against West Ham with a calf strain, according to the Guardian.


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It is the Belgian's 10th calf injury in only three years, according to the Express - ironic considering the man himself was quoted saying this by the Guardian after being taken off against Juventus: "It was just a precaution, it's not serious, I know my own body."

It appears not, as the 28-year-old looks set to miss the upcoming fixture. The good news to come out of this for City supporters is that summer signing Nicolas Otamendi looks set for a full debut.

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The City faithful will be hopeful that the Argentine centre-half can replicate his form for Valencia and ultimately fill the void left by their ineligible captain.

More good news to come from the blue half of Manchester: Sergio Aguero is fully recovered and up for selection, with City officials prior to this news fearing the striker would be out for much longer still.

Even with this good news for City, starting Aguero is surely a slight risk - especially so prematurely.

Man City: Likely starting line-up

Taking this into account, who is Manuel Pellegrini likely to field? Here is a decent guess.

Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Silva, Bony. (4-4-1-1).

The Chilean manager appears to be gradually easing Kevin De Bruyne into this side, so one can only assume Samir Nasri will get the nod ahead of him, with Jesus Navas providing width down the right-hand side.

Meanwhile, Wilfried Bony will cause problems for West Ham's centre-halfs, while providing hold-up play to bring David Silva's sharp incise creativity into the game.

In short, it is a blow for City to lose out on their reliable captain.

However, this absence can make way for fresh quality - in the form of an entry from last season's La Liga Team of the Year.

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