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03/05/2014
 

Del Bosque always manages a smile whenever the names Navas and Pedro appear. There is one thing that really stands out about both of them: their willingness to work. It's hard to remember an occasion they had a long face, no matter how long they spend as subs. In fact, when they are on the bench, often all it takes is just one look for them to spring into action.


In a squad that is all about passing and control, Pedro and Navas, with Jordi Alba on the wing, are like two silver bullets that never let the coach down whenever he turns to either the Barça or the City player.


Pedro's explosive goal-fest with Spain last season marked a turning point and saw him progress from being super sub to starter. He is now the fifth highest goalscorer of the Del Bosque era and of the 13 goals he has scored so far with La Roja, nine were last season.


With Pedro settled into the starting line-up or, at the very least, permanently top of mind for a place, the role of the squad's 'game changer' has fallen to Jesus Navas. The Manchester City winger is Del Bosque's final shot. The coach has been relying on him more and more.


Ever since he played in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup against Italy, Navas has only missed one match, against Belarus in Palma de Mallorca on 11th October.




 
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01/07/2014
 

Manchester City winger Jesus Navas will miss Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg at home to West Ham United with a knee injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Tuesday.


The 28-year-old Spaniard played as a second-half substitute in his side's 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Saturday, but although his injury is not serious, Pellegrini does not want to take any chances.


"He is not injured but he has a little problem," Pellegrini said. "It is not very important, it is just a precaution."


Pellegrini also revealed that top-scorer Sergio Aguero is in line to return to action later this month, having been out of action since damaging his calf in the 6-3 win over Arsenal on December 14.


"He is working, he is training," said the Chilean at Tuesday's pre-match media conference. "It is very good news. All players recovering from injuries is good news, especially a player as important as Kun Aguero."


Centre-back Martin Demichelis is fit to return against West Ham after missing four games with a hamstring injury, but Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell and Stevan Jovetic remain unavailable.


Pellegrini also said he had yet to decide which goalkeeper to select out of Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon.


England international Hart recently regained his place in the first team after losing it to Pantilimon, but returned to the side at Blackburn and was at fault for the home side's equalizer.


"Tomorrow we will see the 11 that start," Pellegrini said. "I think he (Pantilimon) has responded well. I analysed the performance with the players and tomorrow we will see who will start."



Also see: League Cup Semis Offer Redemption

 
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