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Milner: Rated doubtful

Milner: Rated doubtful

Manchester City have a challenging match ahead as they look to beat Everton at the Etihad Stadium in order to keep pace with Manchester United.

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The hosts go into this game on the back of a 2-0 midweek win over Wigan, which followed their 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

James Milner, who was on the score-sheet against the Latics, will likely miss Saturday's game through injury.

Gael Clichy's foot problem sees him joining Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) on the sidelines.

The Toffees have had the upper-hand in matches between the two sides in recent years, winning eight of the last 10 games, while City have won two.

David Moyes' side have however been struggling for form of late, having drawn six of their last eight matches, including a midweek one all draw with Arsenal.

The team currently finds itself in sixth position, 11 points off the summit and four points behind fourth-placed West Brom.

Everton have numerous injury concerns. Leighton Baines (hamstring) and Nikica Jelavic (illness) are both doubtful although the Croat could still make the game.

Seamus Coleman, Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and Victor Anchebe (knock) all face late fitness tests but Phil Neville (knee) won't be back until 2013.

Posted: 30/11/12 14:36

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