Nastasic set for early return

first_img Press Association Pellegrini said: “I am not surprised because we saw him in the last week. “He is not ready for the next match but next week he will work normally with the whole squad.” Striker Sergio Aguero is in contention for City’s opening game against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. The Argentina international has been troubled by a knee problem during the summer but is now close to fitness. Pellegrini said: “He is fine, no problem. He has worked with us normally for the last 10 days so he is not a problem.” Pellegrini, speaking at a regular press conference to preview the Newcastle match, also revealed winger Scott Sinclair could be allowed out on loan. The 24-year-old failed to make a major impact after joining City in a £6.2million move from Swansea last summer. West Brom are reportedly interested in taking the Chelsea youth product on loan while West Ham and Crystal Palace have also been linked. The Serbian will miss the start of the season after suffering an ankle injury playing for City in the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament last month. It was feared the 20-year-old could miss the first month of the Premier League campaign but the player appears to be making good progress. Pellegrini said: “Scott Sinclair is here and in the squad. “He wants to play more and he has important players that play in the same position. “We will see what happens with him. If he wants to go on loan to play more, we will try to give him that.” Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic could be back in training next week, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.last_img read more

Flemmings gives TG West Kgn derby!

first_imgJunior Flemmings’ 81st-minute strike saw Tivoli Gardens to a 2-1 win over rivals Boys’ Town in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) west Kingston derby at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Miguel Ricketts fired the home team in front after 22 minutes, but Peter Keyes equalised for the ‘Red Brigade’ on 62 minutes. However, Flemmings latched on to a pass late on and hammered a low shot past Mikhail Harrison in goal. It was only Flemmings’ second west Kingston derby at senior level, but as a resident of the community, he knows all about this fixture. “Tivoli Gardens playing Boys’ Town or Arnett Gardens is always a tough one, but we really did well. We dug deep to come out with the win, so kudos to the team,” the young striker told The Gleaner. His experience from his recent call-up for the Panama and Haiti World Cup qualifiers was a great learning curve, and he was eager to show what he had learned. PLENTY LEARNT “Being around the professionals in the national team, I really learned a lot, especially from the ones overseas, and I said that I have to transfer that mental aspect to my game and my approach to life, and I am getting there. I just have to keep working hard,” he reasoned. “It is not easy to leave schoolboy football and come into the Premier League playing against bigger, stronger guys with more experience. But I came here and worked and left the rest to God, and game by game, I will continue to work hard and, hopefully, the goals will come,” he said. Tivoli went ahead when Ricketts turned his marker and fired past Harrison. Carlos Wright thought he had found the equaliser minutes later, but he was offside. However, little past the hour, Peter Keyes fired a deflected shot past Edsel Scott from a quickly taken free kick. Boys’ Town were the stronger team after that and looked more threatening, but Flemmings broke away and fired a ferocious shot past Harrison to seal the win. Meanwhile, Portmore United climbed to the top of the standings after a 3-2 win over St Catherine rivals Rivoli. Portmore now have 27 points, two more than MoBay United, who were held 0-0 by UWI. Waterhouse and Reno drew 2-2.last_img read more