Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini has stated that Manchester City cannot afford to drop point against West Brom in this weekend clash at the Etihad.
City who have had a disappointing season so far, are fighting for a top four finish as Manchester United and West Ham are close on their heels.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Friday, Pellegrini described the game against the Baggies a crucial one Manchester City must win.
"It's a big game – all the teams around us are playing against each other, so it's more important than ever not to drop points," Pellegrini said.
"We have a lot of points to recover. It's not easy for all other teams to lose points but we won't give up and will keep trying."
Pellegrini ruled out the trio of David Silva Skipper Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling for the visit of West Brom.
He however hinted that Yaya Toure could feature against West Brom after recovering from injury.
"David Silva is out. He has a problem with his ankle. Raheem Sterling and Vincent Kompany are also missing."
"Yaya started working yesterday with the squad. He's in the list and we'll see if he will start or play some minutes."
"Vincent is improving every work. He's not working with the squad so we'll see next week how many days more."
"Raheem has a groin muscle problem-he's started running again but he needs a couple of weeks more."
Pellegrini added: "Maybe we will make changes to refresh the team but all of the players who are 100 per cent will play."
And on the impact Kevin de bruyne has had since returning from injury, the Chilean said: "When we bought Kevin we expected him to be important which he was before his injury. He's returning with that quality."
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