PARIS, Sporting Alert – As expected, Joe Hart is back and starts in goal for Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-finals first leg at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
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Hart missed the English Premier League 4-0 win over Bournemouth and international duty with England because of a calf injury, but he is back in the starting line-up after returning to full training this week.
Also starting is attacker Kevin de Bruyne, who was impressive in the Premier League at the weekend.
Bacary Sagna comes in at right-back for Pablo Zabaleta, who is on the bench, with Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolás Otamendi playing at centre-back over Martín Demichelis.
Sergio Aguero will be depended on to get the goals in this match, with David Silva, de Bruyne and Jesús Navas providing the support.
Meanwhile, PSG have made three changes to the starting lineup, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue to lead the forward line, which means it could be a very difficult evening for Manchester City defenders Mangala and Otamendi.
The trio coming in today from the side that started in the 4-1 league win over Nice are defender Serge Aurier and forwards Angel di Maria and Edinson Cavani.
Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot also start in midfield while former Chelsea defender David Luiz and Thiago Silva head the defensive line.
Marquinhos, Gregory Van Der Wiel, Lucas Moura and Layvin Kurrawa are all on the substitutes’ bench.
Fabian Delph is fit enough to make the bench along with Aleksander Kolarov, Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Leading defender and captain Vincent Company and forward Raheem Sterling will not feature today.
PSG: Trapp, Aurier, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell, Matuidi, Motta, Rabiot, Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Cavani. Subs: Stambouli, Marquinhos, Moura, Kurzawa, Van der Wiel, Augustin, Sirigu
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kolarov, Delph, Bony, Iheanacho.