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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed he is worried about the fitness of several key players as the Blues head into the final stretch before the kickoff of the English Premier League season.
Manchester City's Pellegrini concerned over fitness and TFC Stadium surface
08/01/2014
 
Jul 23, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini before the game against the Sporting KC at Sporting Park. Manchester City won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed he is worried about the fitness of several key players as the Blues head into the final stretch before the kickoff of the English Premier League season.

Pellegrini explained that seven players may not be fit for City's opener against Newcastle on August 17 at St. James' Park. However, City will play seven days before the league opener against Arsenal in the FA Community Shield match and may be missing more players in that encounter.  

On Monday seven players are set to finally join City for the club's current preseason tour in the USA. Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, captain Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho and new signing Bacary Sagna will join the team on Monday, but Pellegrini doesn't expect all of the players to be fit for the league opener.

"We will see the rest of the players who arrive next Monday," Pellegrini stated at Yankee Stadium earlier this week. "Can they be fit in 15 days? Maybe not all of them will do it."

Jul 30, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Manchester City FC midfielder Fernando (6) heads the ball over Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho (10) during the first half of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

While City sweat on the fitness of several key players, Pellegrini has expressed his disappointment at the playing surface of TFC Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota ahead of the team's match against Olympiacos

 on Saturday. 

The usually artificial surface has been covered by a temporary grass pitch. The manager believes the surface is not what the team originally expected as it is dry and hard. 

“I think the pitch is not in a normal condition and I think it has a high risk for the players to get injured," Pellegrini revealed at a press conference today.

“I have the safety of all my players in mind regarding the possibility of injury, so this will not affect my team selection. The condition also means it will be difficult to play good football.

“We played at Yankee Stadium against Liverpool and though the pitch wasn’t perfect, it was better and we had a good match. I’m sure there will be efforts to improve the pitch over the next 24 hours and I’m sure it will be watered, but there isn’t much time left.”

Pellegrini also told reporters that attacking midfielders David Silva and Samir Nasri will play some part in the match. Silva has not played yet on the team's preseason tour, though he is expected to be fit for the season opener. 

Manchester City has one win and one loss in the International Champions Cup thus far. The team defeated AC Milan 5-1 in the team's first match, but lost to Liverpool on penalties mid-week. City can still win the preseason tournament, but will need a win Saturday night and a Liverpool loss to reach the final.

 
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