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Manchester City will face CSKA Moscow without their influential captain Vincent Kompany.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side will face the Russian side in Wednesday’s early kick off looking to put their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in match day 2 behind them.
However they will have to do so without Belgian star Kompany after his injury hit start to the season continued with a thigh injury forcing him out of the win over West Ham.
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Martin Demichellis and Jack Rodwell, both of whom are just returning from injury, were also left behind Joleon Lescott, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov should all return to the starting line-up after being rested for the trip to London.
Sergio Aguero scored two goals in the 3-1 win over the Hammers and the Argentine star will be hoping that his side can carry that form into the game against CSKA and get a vital European win.
“We have to win, don’t we? It’s an important three points because then we play them at home,” Aguero told CityTV.
“We won against West Ham away in the Premier League and now we have to win away in Moscow as well. We have to continue.”
City will not only be pitting their wits against CSKA but also the pitch after UEFA confirmed they were satisfied with its condition.
CSKA were forced to play their last Champions League home fixture against Viktoria Plzen in St. Petersburg after concerns over the state of the pitch at Arena Khimki were aired however it would appear those concerns have been cast aside by Europe footballing authorities, if not by Pellegrini himself.
“We don’t know what the condition of the pitch will be. We hope that UEFA allowed them to play the game there because it is a good pitch,” Pellegrini said.
CSKA are currently sixth in the Russian Premier League and are without a win in their last five games and they will head into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Zenit St. Petersburg and without Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev Alan Dzagoev (hamstring), while Latvian midfielder Aleksandrs Cauna.
Elsewhere in the group Bayern Munich will take on Viktoria Plzen looking to maintain their 100% start to the new European season.
The reigning German and European Champions have impressive this season both domestically and in Europe most notable in their 3-1 win over Manchester City last time out.
Arjen Robben scored in that game and the Dutch winger will be without to score in his sixth successive Champions league game and join an illustrious group that contains only three other players, Marouane Chamakh, Burak Yilmaz and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bayern will be without Dante, Thiago Alcantara and Jerome Boatang for the game while Plzen will have Marian Cisovsky back in their squad after injury with defender set to start.