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Published on November 1st, 2013 | by webmaster

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Joe Hart Dropped

Joe Hart has been dropped for the game against Norwich, reports claim.

Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is set to start his first Premier League game having been given the nod over the England international.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini had refused to disclose on Friday lunchtime whether he would keep faith with under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart for Saturday’s game against Norwich.

But the England number one did not feature in the Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Newcastle in midweek and with Pantilimon training behind the starting defence ahead of the game against the Canaries, the Guardian, the Sun and the Mirror are all reporting that Hart has been dropped.

Asked if Hart would play against Norwich, the Chilean said: “Tomorrow you will know the answer.”

Various commentators have had their say on Hart’s form and Pellegrini must decide whether dropping him will protect him from the limelight or further knock his confidence.

Asked whether it was a difficult decision, he added: “It is a decision I have to take every week with 22 players of the team.”

Costel Pantilimon played ahead of Hart on Wednesday night and the Blues boss would not be drawn on how the Englishman had reacted to that decision.

“You must ask Joe – I can’t answer for him how disappointed he was,” Pellegrini said.

“All of you and the players and me all saw what happened. But he is a football player and every week he is under the same pressure.

“I am always careful with all the players, not only Joe.”


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