Joe Hart was surprisingly left out of the Manchester City side to face Tottenham but his manager says that’s because he is carrying an injury.
The England international sat out the League Cup win over Sunderland this week and was surprisingly kept on the bench for Saturday’s trip to White Hart Lane, with Willy Caballero keeping his place.
“Joe had an injury problem in midweek, that’s why he didn’t make the bench against Sunderland,” Manuel Pellegrini confirmed to BT Sport prior to the match. “He only worked yesterday, we didn’t want to take the risk.”
Pellegrini is determined to get City back to winning ways after its surprise 2-1 home defeat to West Ham last weekend.
“We dropped important points. We will try to recover them here against a difficult team. Despite losing the last game I think we really played well. In football sometimes you get these results,” he added.