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Albion v Man City - team news

20 October 2012

Ridgewell returns as Clarke makes three changes

LIAM Ridgewell is instantly recalled to Steve Clarke’s starting XI after injury as the Baggies boss makes three changes to the side that beat QPR 3-2 last time out.

The former Villa man, who has missed the last two games due to a calf problem, replaces the benched Goran Popov at left-back.

Marc-Antoine Fortune is handed his first start in four league games and Graham Dorrans returns in midfield, as Peter Odemwingie and Zoltan Gera drop to the dugout.

Youssouf Mulumbu has won his fitness race with the niggle he picked up on international duty with DR Congo and takes his place in the centre of the park.

Romelu Lukaku is named among the substitutes after only training since Thursday due to ongoing ankle pain.

Roberto Mancini makes three changes to the City side that beat Sunderland 3-0 a fortnight ago.

Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri come in for benched duo Aleksandar Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta, and the injured David Silva.

ALBION (4-2-3-1): Foster; Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob; Fortune, Morrison, Dorrans; Long. Subs: L Daniels (gk), Rosenberg, Lukaku, Odemwingie, Jara Reyes, Popov, Gera.

MAN CITY (4-4-2): Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Milner, Barry, Y Toure, Nasri; Balotelli, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon (gk), Zabaleta, Dzeko, Sinclair, Kolarov, Aguero, K Toure.

REFEREE: M Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).


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