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MANCHESTER CITY winger Jesus Navas will miss the first leg of the club's League Cup semi-final against West Ham with a knee problem.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini says the problem is not serious but he does not want to risk the Spaniard in the clash at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

The 28-year-old appeared as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

Pellegrini said: "He is not injured but he has a little problem.

"It is not very important, it is just a precaution."

Top scorer Sergio Aguero remains on the sidelines but is now back in training and is on course to return some time this month.

Aguero has been out since suffering a calf injury in the 6-3 win over Arsenal on December 14.

Pellegrini said: "He is working, he is training. It is very good news. All players recovering from injuries is good news, especially a player as important as Kun Aguero."

Fellow forward Stevan Jovetic could also be back in action this month.

The Montenegro international has been hampered by a catalogue of injuries and illness since his £22million move from Fiorentina last summer and has made just five appearances.

Pellegrini said: "For the player it is always very bad news when he cannot play, but I think he is a very important player.

"He was the best choice to replace Kun Aguero when Kun got injured, but things happen and we must try to be optimistic for the future and suppose Stevan will play in the second part of the season."

Right-back Micah Richards is also back in training after a hamstring injury but will not feature against the Hammers.

Centre-back Martin Demichelis is back in contention after a hamstring injury but midfielder Jack Rodwell is still out with a similar problem.

Pellegrini is yet to decide which goalkeeper will play in the cup match.


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