Returning stars delight City

Mancini boosted ahead of derby showdown

Mancini: Boosted by quartet

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is delighted to have Wayne Bridge, Patrick Vieira, Stephen Ireland and Pablo Zabaleta available for the visit of Manchester United.

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The quartet did not feature in last Sunday's 5-1 success over Birmingham City at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Bridge has missed City's last five matches after undergoing a hernia operation and he could replace Spaniard Javier Garrido at left-back against the Red Devils.

The quartet provide Mancini with yet more options against the title contenders, although City's form has been superb of late with 11 goals in their last two outings against Blues and Burnley.

"We will have Pablo Zabaleta available again following his two-match ban and possibly Stephen Ireland, Patrick Vieira and Wayne Bridge, too which is very good news for us," he told the club's official website.

"I am very pleased they are back in training and we will see how things go this week, but we won't be naming our team until Saturday morning, of course."