Nolito keen to have a go at wounded Foxes

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Manch­ester City for­ward Nolito ad­mits he has been happy with Pep Guardi­ola’s ro­ta­tion pol­icy as he eyes a re­turn to the team to face Le­ices­ter City. Guardi­ola’s side face the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons at the King Power Sta­dium with the City man­ager forced to make at least one en­forced change to his start­ing line-up. Ar­gentina striker Ser­gio Aguero, who was shown a red card for a reck­less chal­lenge on Chelsea’s David Luiz last time out, is set to miss four matches through sus­pen­sion.

Nolito is ea­ger to start ahead of striker Kelechi Iheana­cho but re­vealed that even if he is left on the bench he will ac­cept Guardi­ola’s de­ci­sion. “Com­ing to a team like this I knew how dif­fi­cult it would be to play in such a com­pet­i­tive team, with very good play­ers,” said Spain in­ter­na­tional Nolito. “The man­ager is ro­tat­ing­some­times he plays one player, an­other time he’ll play an­oth­erand hon­estly, right now, I’m very happy. “From a self­ish stand­point, of course I would like to play in ev­ery game but in the end, all the Premier League and Cham­pi­ons League matches are de­mand­ing, very phys­i­cal, and the coach is do­ing well to ro­tate the squad. “The man­ager is the one who de­cides and I’ll be ready for him when he needs me.”

Guardi­ola re­mains optimistic that Ra­heem Ster­ling will be fit for to­day’s trip to the East Mid­lands to face Clau­dio Ranieri’s side. The Eng­land winger has missed City’s last two matches with a knee prob­lem and Leroy Sane has dep­u­tized in the ab­sence. “He’s much bet­ter. He was not ready for the Cham­pi­ons League game against Celtic,” Guardi­ola said. “Hope­fully he will be ready for Le­ices­ter.” Le­ices­ter re­turn to Premier League ac­tion on the back of Wed­nes­day’s 5-0 hu­mil­i­a­tion in the Cham­pi­ons League at the hands of Porto. — AFP

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