Midfielder in frame to face Barca

Fernandinho hopes to be fit for tonight
Fernandinho hopes to be fit for tonight
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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho could be fit to face Barcelona in the Champions League tonight.

The Brazilian has been out for the past fortnight with a muscle strain but has trained ahead of the first leg of the last-16 tie at Eastlands.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “He has a chance. He is in the squad list for tomorrow.

“We will see today who can start but he has worked without any problem.”

Fernandinho’s availability gives City a big lift for what will be one of the biggest nights in the club’s history. As expected, however, top scorer Sergio Aguero will not be involved, having failed to overcome a hamstring injury in time.

Pellegrini, speaking at his 
pre-match press conference, said: “He is not in the squad list. We will see if he can be fit on Saturday but maybe that is also difficult.”

Defender Matija Nastasic is also unlikely to feature, having not played an active part in the open training session at Eastlands.

Barcelona have hit their peak form just in time for the trip to Manchester.

On Saturday, Lionel Messi scored twice as the Catalans warmed up for their Champions League showdown with a comprehensive 6-0 demolition of Rayo Vallecano.

But City striker Alvaro Negredo is confident the Blues have the game to ruffle Barcelona. City have earned many plaudits for their attacking verve this season and Spain international Negredo believes they can trouble the 
four-time champions.

Negredo said: “We like to have the ball, we have a good repertoire – we’ve got fast men down the wing, people in midfield who can give the right touch and the wingers like to come infield too.

“I think one of the things that is going to be important in this game is who has got the ball. It is very difficult to take the ball off Barcelona, but when they don’t have the ball, they suffer.”