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Published: 12:54 | 16/3/16

Otamendi hopeful of derby appearance


Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi is hopeful of being fit for Sunday's Manchester derby.

The centre-back was substituted midway through the opening half of City's 0-0 Champions League last-16 second leg against Dynamo Kiev after suffering a dead leg.

He was injured earlier in the game but attempted to play on before he was eventually forced off.

With captain Vincent Kompany also injured, the loss of Otamendi would be a big blow to City ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, but the Argentina defender is hopeful he will be available for the visit of Manchester United.

"It's very similar to a dead leg injury I have had before. I will have a test tomorrow," Otamendi said. "The blow wasn't that serious but it was better not to continue and come off.

"The test, I hope it shows nothing and am hopeful I can be there on Sunday.

"That is a derby and I will have to be 100 per cent and try to win the Premier League game. It's a derby, we want to win."

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