Nicolas Otamendi hopeful he will be fit for Manchester derby
Last Updated: 16/03/16 12:40pm
Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi is upbeat about his chances of playing in Sunday's Manchester derby.
The Argentina international was forced off inside the first 25 minutes of City's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday with an apparent dead leg and is now a doubt for the clash with United at the Etihad.
Otamendi was hurt after a challenge from Vitaliy Buyalskiy, seeming to aggravate the problem as he attempted to run it off.
It was a costly night on the injury front for City, who progressed 3-1 on aggregate following a 0-0 draw, after captain and fellow central defender Vincent Kompany also had to go off injured in the early stages.
Kompany is expected to miss at least a month of action after suffering another muscle injury, but Otamendi is hopeful that he will be able to feature against United on Sunday.
"It's very similar to a dead leg injury I have had before. I will have a test," 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."