Clichy could return against Gunners
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Gael Clichy is fit to return for Manchester City when they face his former club Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The France international left-back has missed the last three games with a foot injury, but manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that he is back in contention to play against the Premier League leaders.
However, Clichy faces a battle to win his place back after Aleksandar Kolarov captained City to a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday, when he was one of the scorers.
Striker Stevan Jovetic, who has been out since October with a calf injury, is available again, but defender Matija Nastasic, who also has a calf problem, is set to miss the Arsenal game along with Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash against Leicester.
Pellegrini said: "Nastasic continues [to be out] for at least one week more. Jovetic works normally with the whole squad, also Clichy, so we don't have any other injuries."
The City manager did not say whether he will recall Joe Hart, who has not played in the Premier League since his last-minute mistake allowed Chelsea’s Fernando Torres to score the winner at Stamford Bridge on Oct. 28.
Costel Pantilimon has kept goal in City's last seven games against English sides but Hart has been used in the Champions League wins over Viktoria Plzen and Bayern.
"We will see tomorrow [Saturday] the 11 starters," said Pellegrini, before joking about speculation linking City with Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, Barcelona's Victor Valdes, Bayern's Manuel Neuer, Malaga's Willy Caballero and Stoke's Asmir Begovic.
He added: "When the transfer window starts, you will have a lot of difficulties to know who the first-choice goalkeeper will be because we will have Casillas, Valdes, Neuer, Caballero and Begovic, so I think you will have to ask me about six new goalkeepers."
City kick off six points behind Arsenal and Pellegrini, who has said he hopes to be within three points of the top of the table on New Year's Day, said: "It is our opportunity to discount three important points from the best team at the moment in the Premier League.
"If we win the match on Saturday, all the other teams will be nearer the top of the table so at least six or seven teams will continue fighting for the title."
Manchester United are ninth, 13 points behind Arsenal, but Pellegrini is refusing to rule them out of the title race.
He added: "Manchester United has options. They have very good players, a good team and a good manager. Maybe he is not in the best moment, but they have the second half of the Premier League and 12 points more [to play for] from the first half.
"In football you never know and a strong team like Manchester United always has chances."