City duo closing in on full fitness

The pair have played just once for their new club so far this term

before being struck down by ankle and knee problems respectively.

It had been suggested they had both suffered setbacks in training

that could consign them to further spells on the sidelines.

However, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Blackpool, Mancini has revealed

the damage is not too extensive. “Aleksandar and Mario should be

available in 10 days,” he said. “Aleksander has started to work

with the team but has been out for a long time, so we have to be

careful. “Mario is different. He should be able to work with the

squad in five days.”