Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Defence Gets Big Boost as Zabaleta Returns

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Defence Gets Big Boost as Zabaleta Returns

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PABLO Zabaleta gave City a big Barcelona boost by training with the squad ahead of the Champions League crunch game.

at in But it remains unclear whether the Argentina international is fit enough to play against an attack which manager Pep Guardiola declared 'unstoppable'.

to Guardiola himself had earlier hinted that he would have to either pick 19-year-old rookie Pablo Maffeo or Fernando - who played there for the first time in the win over West Brom at the weekend.

But Zabaleta - who gashed his foot in the 4-0 defeat in the Nou Camp - was back kicking a ball, with only Bacary Sagna and Fabian Delph missing. Guardiola was perhaps trying to keep his hand secret when asked about his problems at right back.

He said: "We have to think that we have not got a right back - we have one who has recently played there and one who is 19. …

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