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Silva, Aguero set for start against Bayern

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Pellegrini: City won't hold back against Bayern


David Silva and Sergio Aguero are set to be fit to make their Manchester City comebacks in Wednesday's Champions League game against Bayern Munich.

Spain international Silva has missed City's last five games with a thigh injury, while Argentina forward Aguero has not featured since scoring twice in the 4-1 derby win over Manchester United because of a minor knock.

But both took part in training at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday morning and manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed they are in contention to take on the European champions.

"David is in the squad. I think he can play at least some minutes," Pellegrini said. "Sergio is fit and he is also on the list."

The long-term absentee Martin Demichelis and Jack Rodwell were the only players to miss training, meaning Pellegrini has virtually a full-strength squad to pick from.

He hopes his team will bounce back after Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa, adding: "I always expect a big response from the players."

City began their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over Viktoria Plzen and Pellegrini has vowed to go for a victory against Bayern.

He said: "For me it was very important to win the first three points we played against Viktoria Plzen. The second thing is to try and win our points here at home. Bayern are a very strong team but we are also in a very good moment.

"We never think about a draw. Of course if we cannot win, it is better to draw than lose. We will go from the first minute to try and win the three points."

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola believes City have what it takes to go all the way in the Champions League.

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