Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

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Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Etihad Stadium
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 22nd January, 13:30

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Tottenham have no new injury worries going into their crucial encounter with Manchester City on Sunday.


William Gallas and Sandro are still sidelined with calf complaints, Ledley King is still struggling with a groin injury, and Emmanuel Adebayor is ineligible to play against his parent club.


Manchester City will be without Yaya and Kolo Toure, who are away on international duty, while Vincent Kompany is suspended, but Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards have been declared fit to play.


Mancini admits to Adebayor mistake


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted he may have made a mistake in letting Emmanuel Adebayor join Tottenham on loan ahead of the two side’s encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.


Adebayor has featured in every league game for Spurs this season since arriving on loan - except for the 5-1 defeat against City in August - establishing himself as Tottenham’s leading striker as Harry Redknapp’s side put themselves in the hunt for a first league title since 1961.


Mancini was happy to let Adebayor leave on loan as he had plenty of cover in the attacking department, however the Carlos Tevez saga as well as Mario Balotelli’s recent injury worries have left the Italian short of options up front.


Asked if he had made a mistake in letting Adebayor join a rival club on loan, the former Inter Milan manager said: "Probably, probably - but we didn't know with Carlos what would happen in Munich.


"We had four strikers. I think with four strikers you can play one year.


He added: "I am happy for Manu because he is playing very well for Tottenham."


Adebayor will once more sit out against his parent club because of terms in his loan agreement, with Jermain Defoe expected to lead the line with Rafael Van Der Vaart playing behind him.


Mancini has had his own striker worries eased after it was revealed Mario Balotelli would be fit to start on Sunday, while Edin Dzeko, who scored four in the 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane, is also in contention for a starting spot having found the net against Wigan on Monday.

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