City approach Blues over Hart return

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Manchester City have approached Birmingham about the possibility of recalling goalkeeper Joe Hart from his loan spell at St Andrew's.

Hart made the move from Eastlands to the Blues on a season-long loan which is due to expire in just over two weeks' time.

But Roberto Mancini is keen to bring Hart back for the final two games of the campaign because of an injury crisis.

Number one Shay Given, Stuart Taylor (knee) and David Gonzalez (groin) are currently sidelined to leave the Champions League-chasing club with only one option between the posts, Gunnar Nielsen.

Nielsen on Sunday became the first Faroe Islander to play in the Barclays Premier League when he replaced Given after the Republic of Ireland stopper suffered a dislocated shoulder at Arsenal.

City and Birmingham have been involved in discussions over Hart today but any final decision would have to be ratified by the Premier League.

City's Champions League rivals Tottenham and Aston Villa are also understood to be keeping tabs on the situation.

Hart has been in superb form for Birmingham after making the temporary switch in his desire to play regular first-team football.

His performances this season have impressed England boss Fabio Capello and put him in strong contention for a World Cup spot in South Africa this summer.

Given, whose arrival at Eastlands in January 2009 led to Hart losing his place, will be out for around three to four months after last weekend's injury.

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