Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini hopeful key trio will be fit for Champions League opener against Serie A giants

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has provided an injury update on the fitness of three key players from his squad ahead of their UEFA Champions League opener against Serie A giants Juventus in midweek.

Influential midfielder David Silva and summer signing Raheem Sterling both missed City’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, while striker Sergio Aguero was replaced early in the first half at Selhurst Park following a strong challenge from Scott Dann.

Speaking ahead of the game at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, Pellegrini says he’s hopeful of having both his midfielders available for the clash against the Old Lady, however, he wasn’t too confident that the Argentinian striker will prove his fitness in time:

“I hope both of them (Silva and Sterling) can be fit on Tuesday. We will see,” he said [via Sky Sports].

“It was an important kick on his knee (Aguero), we’ll see if he can recover between now and Tuesday.”

“It’s very difficult to say now. It’s important to see how he recovers. We’ll see,” Pellegrini added.

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The Citizens will be keen to begin their European adventure with victory and appear to be facing Juventus at the right time as the reigning champions of Italy are yet to win a league game this season and were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Chievo at the weekend.

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