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Man City set to welcome back key trio

Manchester City's squad is about to get stronger with the news that a trio of key players are on the verge of a return.

Summer signing Roque Santa Cruz, Belgian midfielder Vincent Kompany and England U21 international Michael Johnson are all on the mend from injuries and City boss Mark Hughes is optimistic about all three returning in the not-too-distant future.

"He is desperate to play but we are holding him back a bit," Hughes said of Santa Cruz.

"When Roque is ready he will be involved. We want to get him in a City shirt and out there playing because he is going to be a big asset to us.

"We are looking long term. If we introduced him too early we could still lose him on a longer basis.

"Roque understands our thinking over this. He is a bit frustrated but we will all benefit from it."

In regards to Johnson, who has been out for almost a year with an abdominal problem, Hughes was more cautious.

"We are positive," Hughes told City's official website.

"He has been out for a year. If we rush him back he could break down so we will get him involved with the reserves to give him a base level of fitness.

"If we get him and the other two up and running in the next month or so it would be like three new signings for us."

In Kompany's case, he is reportedly 'pain-free and raring to go'.

Andrew Slevison
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