Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium sides go head to head in season curtain raiser.
Manchester City’s record signing Sergio Aguero is set to be on the bench for Sunday’s Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley.
The Argentina striker has had blistered feet since his move from Atletico Madrid but is now training as normal.
Fellow new signings Stefan Savic and Gael Clichy will also feature.
United midfielder Michael Carrick is set to miss out after picking up an Achilles problem in Edwin van der Sar’s testimonial on Wednesday.
Fellow midfielder Darren Fletcher and full-back Rafael are all back in training for the Red Devils following knocks in pre-season, but Sunday’s game could come too soon for them.
Winger Antonio Valencia has also returned to training after recovering from the ankle injury he suffered while playing for Ecuador at the Copa America and could play a part at Wembley.
However, Javier Hernandez will miss the game and the start of the season after he suffered a concussion last month.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Chicharito [Hernandez] won’t be involved for maybe another two or three weeks.
“He had a concussion some years ago and we are just playing safe with that but he should be back by the end of August.”
Ferguson must decide who to start in goal on Sunday, with summer signing David de Gea competing with Anders Lindegaard for the role.
Previous meeting – 1956: United won 1-0 at Maine Road thanks to a Dennis Viollet goal
City will be without last season’s captain and top scorer Carlos Tevez, who is still on leave after the Copa America and is not expected to report back to the club until Monday. (BBC Sport)
In many ways this curtain raiser is a great chance for both sides to get their season preparations in full swing, a match that is sure to be more competitive than most Community Shield encounters and indeed a good way for both sides to try out new arrivals on the big stage.
Both sides have enjoyed successful pre-season tours and come into the game with new signings on board although Roberto Mancini will have to make do without Carlos Tevez, who is still to return to the club having failed to secure a move away from the Etihad Stadium.
In last season’s Community Shield game Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score his first for Man United and so started the ball rolling on a hugely successful campaign for the Mexican and Mancini may well hope that Sergio Aguero can do likewise this time around.
Ferguson will no doubt take the chance to see how his new signings react in the pressure cauldron of a derby match so one would expect that the likes of Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea will play some part in the match.
United will be looking for revenge, having lost to their neighbours the last time they met on Wembley soil back in April when City ran out 1-0 winners in the FA Cup Semi-Final courtesy of a Yaya Toure effort.
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Highlights of previous meetings
Man City 1-0 Man United: FA Cup Semi-Final April 2011
Man United 2-1 Man City: Premier League February 2011