City’s Otamendi ‘hopeful’ of recovering for Manchester derby

Date published: Wednesday 16th March 2016 1:31

Nicolas Otamendi Manchester City

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi is hopeful of featuring in Sunday’s Premier League derby against rivals Manchester United.

The Argentina centre-back was forced off with a dead leg in the first half of City’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Otamendi was hurt in a challenge from Vitaliy Buyalskiy and he seemed to aggravate the problem while attempting to run off the knock.

It compounded a difficult start to the game for City, having already lost captain – and Otamendi’s fellow central defender – Vincent Kompany in the opening minutes.

But while Kompany is expected to be out for at least a month, Otamendi could be back in action by the weekend.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s very similar to a dead leg injury I have had before. I will have a test tomorrow.

“The blow wasn’t that serious but it was better not to continue and come off.

“The test, I hope it shows nothing and am hopeful I can be there on Sunday.

“That is a derby and I will have to be 100 per cent and try to win the Premier League game. It’s a derby, we want to win.”

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