Last Updated: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:50
Manuel Pellegrini could be boosted by the return to fitness of Martin Demichelis in time for Manchester City's trip to West Ham.
The 32-year-old Argentinian was signed as central defensive cover for £3.5million from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day last month but suffered a knee ligament injury in training and has not yet kicked a ball in anger for City.
However boss, Pellegrini, confirmed a week ago that Demichelis was progressing well with his fitness and hoped he would be in a position to start full training on this Monday with a view to being in a position to be in contention at Upton Park on Saturday when the Premier League resumes.
Demichelis has suffered no setbacks so far and it is likely that the former Bayern Munich and Malaga stopper will be set to put pressure on the only fit central defensive duo, Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic, for a place in the team against the Hammers.
The news will be a huge boost for Pellegrini because he is still without influential skipper Vincent Kompany because of a thigh strain.
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