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Champions League: Kolarov out as Man City face CSKA Moscow


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Champions League: Kolarov out as Man City face CSKA Moscow

Manchester City will be boosted by their weekend win over derby rivals Manchester United when they host CSKA Moscow in their fourth Champions League Group E match on Wednesday.

David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov are both out, while Frank Lampard is unlikely to be fit in time after sitting out Tuesday’s training session.

Kolarov is facing at least a month on the sidelines due to a calf injury.

Eliaquim Mangala however returns is fit again following a hip injury and could feature.

After thrashing Roma 7-1 two weeks ago Bayern Munich host the Italians and can confirm themselves as group winners if they pick up a fourth consecutive victory

Ajax entertain Barcelona in Group F with former striker Luis Suarez set to make his European debut for the Catalans.

The Dutch champions will look for revenge for their 3-1 defeat in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago.

Defender Nicolai Boilesen returns to the Ajax fold following a stomach upset while midfielder Thulani Serero continues his comeback following a muscle injury.

Barca meanwhile will qualify for the last 16 if they beat Frank de Boer’s men and APOEL fail to beat Group F leaders Paris St Germain in the French capital.

Jose Mourinho’s high-flying Chelsea will qualify for the knockout stage of the competition with two games to spare if they beat Slovenia’s Maribor and Sporting fail to beat Schalke in Group G.

FC Porto will look to continue their unbeaten start to Group H when they travel to bottom side Athletic Bilbao while second place Shakhtar Donetsk host teh Belarussian’s of BATE Borisov.

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