New Delhi: Former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard could make his Manchester City debut on Saturday as the Premier League champions face rivals Arsenal at the Emirates. City have a critical run of three games in the space of eight days and Manuel Pellegrini will want to rotate his squad wisely.
Lampard has been training with City for the last month since his shock switch from their US affiliate in New York. The former England international left Chelsea this summer as a free agent. He had later claimed that he wasn't offered a new contract as Stamford Bridge. With New York City FC joining the MLS (Major Soccer League) in 2015, Lampard will be seen playing for Man City until March.
The presence of Lampard gives City depth and experience in midfield and that will be crucial. With Fernando injured for a couple of weeks, Lampard is likely to play a role in City's crucial big fixtures this week.
Along with Lampard, City's new recruit Eliaquim Mangala is also ready to make the cut in defence. Mangala joined City from Portuguese giants FC Porto, in a GBP 32million move this summer. Both men could feature in Saturday’s trip to Arsenal, the Champions League clash away to Bayern Munich or next weekend’s clash with title favourites Chelsea at home.
Another player who is waiting to make his City debut is Bacary Sagna. The Frenchman joined City from Arsenal on a free transfer this summer.
Meanwhile, skipper Vincent Kompany is declared fit after suffering a calf problem while on international duty with Belgium. But Stevan Jovetic is out of action after pulling a hamstring in training with Montenegro.
City face Arsenal at lunch-time kick-off.