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Etihad Stadium (ATT 40,222) 6th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Rasmussen

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Injury troubles for Manchester City ahead of Champions League tie with Ajax

Last Updated: 06/11/12 7:23pm

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Joleon Lescott: Has a back problem

Joleon Lescott: Has a back problem

Manchester City are troubled by injuries ahead of their vital Champions League Group D game against Ajax at the Etihad Stadium.

City go into their must-win UEFA Champions League clash at home to Ajax on Tuesday night knowing their chances of reaching the knockout rounds are hanging by a thread.

Roberto Mancini's men face the prospect of exiting the competition at the group stage for the second successive year after taking just a single point from their opening three Group D encounters.

The Premier League champions, who currently sit bottom of the pool and six points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund, host Ajax knowing defeat will put qualification to the round of 16 beyond their reach.

But City will be cheered by their heartening home record in Europe, having won 14 and drawn four games on home soil since September 2008, and will be hoping to maintain that run against Frank De Boer's Dutch giants.

Ajax head to Manchester boosted by their 3-1 triumph over City at the Amsterdam ArenA last month, while they also beat the club's fierce local rivals Manchester United just over eight months ago.

Mancini has admitted City are "not ready" to mount a genuine European challenge this season but says his side are committed to trying to win their next three games.

History shows City have a sizeable task on their hands, with only eight teams with one point or fewer after three group games having gone on to qualify for the next stage of the tournament, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle among those that have achieved the feat.

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Defender Joleon Lescott (back) and midfielder James Milner (hamstring) are the latest additions to the casualty list after both failed to make the side against West Ham on Saturday.

Right-backs Micah Richards (knee) and Maicon (foot) and midfielders David Silva and Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) are again missing, while defender Kolo Toure is not registered for the competition.

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Ajax manager Frank De Boer could name an unchanged side for the trip to Manchester, with no new injury concerns or suspensions to concern him.

He may decide to include defender Niklas Moisander though, as he is is available for selection in Europe after serving a ban in the 2-0 league defeat to Vitesse Arnhem at the weekend.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Caballero 13 Caballero
  • Zabaleta 5 Zabaleta
  • Kompany 4 Kompany
  • Boyata 38 Boyata
  • Kolarov 11 Kolarov
  • Fernando 6 Fernando

  • Milner 7 Milner
  • Navas 15 Navas

  • Silva 21 Silva
  • Jovetic 35 Jovetic

  • Aguero 16 Aguero

Team taken from Manchester City vs Middlesbrough (The FA Cup) on Saturday 24th January 2015

  • Cillessen 1 Cillessen
  • Boilesen 5 Boilesen

  • van der Hoorn 6 van der Hoorn
  • van Rhijn 2 van Rhijn
  • Moisander 4 Moisander
  • Serero 25 Serero
  • Andersen 16 Andersen
  • R Bazoer 27 R Bazoer

  • Schone 20 Schone
  • Milik 19 Milik

  • Kishna 11 Kishna

Team taken from Ajax vs Feyenoord (Dutch Eredivisie) on Sunday 25th January 2015

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