Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hat-Trick Hero Set for European Challenge

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hat-Trick Hero Set for European Challenge

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CITY manager Manuel Pellegrini has dropped his strongest hint yet that Kelechi Iheanacho will be included in his Champions League squad.

Teams who have qualified for the last-16 stage have an opportunity this week to alter their selection, and with Samir Nasri a long-term injury concern, Iheanacho is expected to replace the Frenchman.

With City short on strikers, it seems almost certain the 19-year- old will be drafted in.

"It's a decision we are going to take during this week. But of course he pushed a lot," said Pellegrini.

"We need him because Bony is also injured so that is just one striker.

"We'll see - not because of the three goals but because we need another striker.

"We'll talk it over with the doctor.

"Samir and Kevin [de Bruyne] will be out until the end of March. I will see during the week. …

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