This has been a busy week for the boys in sky blue, with two matches this week and lots of injury and transfer rumors to fill you up on.
Without further ado...
Capital One Cup
The Citizens punched their ticket to the semi-final round of the Capital One Cup this week after a very nice victory away against Leicester City. Aleksandar Kolarov scored a beautiful goal from a free kick, then City cruised to victory after two goals from Edin Dzeko.
The semi-final draw saw good news for City, although probably better news for United. The two Manchester clubs have avoided each other in the semi-finals. Manchester City will face West Ham in January, while United will take on Sunderland.
Barclay's Premier League
City, earned a hard-fought three points at Craven Cottage on Saturday, beating Fulham 4-2 in what was a thrilling, highly entertaining match. City remain unbeaten in six fixtures now and look to carry this momentum into the Boxing Day tie against Liverpool.
Manchester City were dealt another injury blow on Tuesday against Leicester, as Argentinian right-back Pablo Zabaleta left with a hamstring injury.
Sergio Aguero remains out until January with a calf injury. The Blues' leading scorer should be back sooner than first feared. However, eight weeks on the sidelines is still the worst-case scenario for Aguero. Hurry back, lad.
Steven Jovetic is nearing return to the first team after again dealing with injury issues, this time a calf injury. The young exciting attacker hasn't really featured for City this season, while impressive form against England in World Cup Qualifying left English fans fearful. Hopefully Jovetic will be able to showcase his talents soon, especially with Ageuro out of the lineup.
Matija Nastasic has also missed a slew of games with a calf injury. Martin Demichelis has filled in very well in the young Serbian's absence.
Right-back Micah Richards remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. The young English defender is sidelined at the worst time. He has been fighting injuries for the past two seasons, and his absence has let Zabaleta run away with the starting role.
The new year is just around the corner. For most that means champagne and midnight kisses, but for football supporters it marks the start of the January transfer window. Although City has stepped out of the limelight a bit, there are still some transfer rumors that swirl around the club.
- City have won the race to bring talented Argentinian midfielder Bruno Zuculini to the Etihad, paying a reported £2 million to Buenos Aires side Racing Club, per The Daily Mail.
- City have been linked by The Express with 23-year-old Argentinian defender Mateo Musacchio. Musacchio has played very well for Villarreal this season. I would consider him a definite purchase. Hopefully the Argentinian influence in the squad can sway his opinion with the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea beckoning.
- According to The Mirror, agents have approached both Arsenal and Manchester City in an attempt to draw interest for the bench-warming Spanish captain Iker Casillas. I still firmly have faith in Joe Hart, as he played well against Bayern, and until Costel Pantilimon has a meltdown, there really is no need for another keeper at this point. Trust Joe!
- City are the newest team to inquire about 20-year-old Ross Barkley, per The Telegraph. The Everton midfielder may be eager to leave Goodison Park and learn a lesson from Jack Rodwell.
- Per The Mirror, Swansea have shown interest in City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim, with the 22-year-old looking for first-team football.
- Interest is still high from Italy for full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, per The Mirror. I fully expect Kolarov will finish the season at City.
City EDS News
The Baby Blues have to had a busy week, as they have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the knockout round of the UEFA Youth League. This should be an exciting fixture in a tournament where the EDS has played very well. It should be interesting to see them line up against a Spanish side that produces so much young talent.
City EDS beat West Brom again Sunday in the U-21 Premier League Cup, after a comfortable 2-0 win against The Baggies last week.