De Jong returns for Potters clash

Midfielder Nigel de Jong returns from a one-match suspension to face Stoke at home on Boxing Day - Roberto Mancini's first match in charge.

Last Updated: 24/12/09 at 11:34

De Jong: Back from a ban

De Jong: Back from a ban

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Mancini only took his first training session on Monday following Mark Hughes' controversial sacking after Saturday's victory over Sunderland and has had little time to fully assess the squad.

However, defenders Nedum Onuoha (calf) and Joleon Lescott (knee) are definitely out while striker Emmanuel Adebayor and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips (both ankle) and Micah Richards (knee) are all doubtful.

City (from): Given, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Toure, Sylvinho, Garrido, Kompany, De Jong Ireland, Barry, Robinho, Petrov, Wright-Phillips, Adebayor, Tevez, Santa Cruz, Weiss.

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