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Man City v Newcastle: Bony, Toure Boost For Champions

Man City v Newcastle: Bony, Toure Boost For Champions

Manchester City can call on Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure as they seek a first home league win since New Year’s Day against Newcastle United.

Wilfried Bony will be available to make his long-awaited Manchester City debut when the Premier League champions welcome Newcastle United today.

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Ivory Coast international striker Bony moved from Swansea City to the Etihad Stadium in January on the eve of embarking on a successful Africa Cup of Nations campaign with his country.

Manuel Pellegrini keenly felt the absence of Bony’s countryman Yaya Toure, as City failed to win for four league matches and were dumped out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough before a 4-1 win at Stoke City.

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Toure is expected to slot straight back into the starting line-up against Newcastle, while Bony will compete with Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic for a place alongside top scorer Sergio Aguero as City boss Pellegrini enjoys the rare pleasure of selecting from his full complement of attacking options in a season regularly undermined by injuries to key personnel.

Bony trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday and is realistic enough to accept that his first action in a sky blue shirt could come from the substitutes’ bench.

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