Milner up top for striker-less Man City? Team news ahead of West Brom trip

first_img1 Manchester City midfielders David Silva and James Milner Midfielders James Milner and David Silva could be deployed in advanced roles as a striker-less Manchester City take on West Brom on Boxing Day.Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed on Tuesday that he is still without key forwards Sergio Aguero (knee) and Edin Dzeko (calf), while Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) is unlikely to be risked despite training with the first-team this week.That leaves Milner and Silva to again form a make-shift attack, their partnership proving successful against Crystal Palace last weekend with the Spanish playmaker scoring twice in a 3-0 victory, though teenage forward Jose Angel Pozo could get another chance.Captain Vincent Kompany (hamstring/calf) is also still sidelined but fellow defender Gael Clichy has recovered from a minor knock.While revealing Montenegrin forward Jovetic is close to a return, Pellegrini offered less positive news about Aguero and Dzeko, who could be out until “the second part of January”, having originally believed both would be back shortly after the New Year.Pellegrini said: “The injuries are the same as last week. The strikers – Sergio, Edin Dzeko and Jovetic, and Vincent Kompany.“I am not a doctor so it is difficult for me to know exactly but maybe Jovetic and Kompany will be soon, the end of this week or next week.“Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero will be the second part of January.”Provisional Man City squad v West Brom: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Silva, Nasri, Navas, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Milner, Pozo, Ambrose, Sinclair.last_img read more