Goalkeeper Willy Caballero is to start in place of Joe Hart for Manchester City's FA Cup third round tie against Norwich City. Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the 34-year-old Argentine will feature in his starting line-up for their game at Carrow Road on Saturday 9 January, having also started their League Cup defeat by Everton.
Pellegrini, 62, said the decision was designed to ensure City's regular goalkeeper could enjoy a period of rest and prepare for their subsequent fixture against Everton, who they play for the second time in a week, in the Premier League on 13 January. "Caballero will play against Norwich City − it's good for Joe Hart to have a clear week to train," he told a press conference, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Meanwhile, Pellegrini also revealed Wilfried Bony and French defender Eliaquim Mangala will miss the FA Cup tie.
The absence of Mangala is compounded by the continued injury woes of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who remains sidelined with a calf problem. "Vincent is progressing with time but we cannot try to hurry him up. He needs days to have a good calf [muscle]," Pellegrini said.
With Kompany and Mangala on the sidelines, Argentine defender Martin Demichelis appears to be the most likely stand-in for City's tricky-looking cup tie against the Premier League club.
City are currently competing on four fronts, but Pellegrini said he is determined to progress in this year's FA Cup. "We need to give a good performance if we want to continue in the FA Cup," he admitted. "If we win tomorrow, I will be very happy."