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Willy Caballero is hopeful Manchester City's number one goalkeeper Joe Hart can make a speedy recovery from the calf injury he sustained in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Hart immediately signalled to the bench after rushing to meet Martin Demichelis' back pass in the early stages of the second half, with Caballero taking over in goal for the first time since his Capital One Cup final penalty shootout heroics against Liverpool.
While the club have yet to learn the extent of the injury, Manuel Pellegrini expects Hart to be sidelined for up to four weeks and Caballero admits his fellow goalkeeper will be missed.
"I spoke with [Hart] and he told me what he felt on the pitch. We have to wait now for the diagnosis," Caballero told his club's official website.
"I hope he recovers soon because we need him in this team. He is our first keeper so it is important for him to be fit soon."
Hart’s injury means Caballero will enjoy a spell in the first team, which could include a Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, and he insists he is ready to take his chance.
“When I came here, I knew my situation, but I came to play, and if I get my opportunity I try to take it and do my best,” he said.
“I had opportunities in the cup, and have been training really well, so I am ready.
Raheem Sterling sustained a groin injury against United, while captain Vincent Kompany is sidelined with a calf problem and Caballero admits it is frustrating to lose players to injuries.
"During the whole of this season we have had a lot of injuries. We are in the final part and we continue with this kind of injury," he said.