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Team news: Lukasz Fabianski set to return for City opener

Lukasz Fabianski set to return for Man City

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini will have an almost full squad available for Saturday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Chilean manager mentioned that he expects goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who missed the last two pre-season fixtures, to return to the fold.

Captain Mark Noble, however, will unfortunately not be available to face the reigning champions on Saturday as he continues to recover from injury.

Pellegrini said: “For the moment we have Mark still injured. He will not be fit for Saturday. All the other players don’t have any problems. All the other players are fit.”

Pellegrini also took the opportunity to explain the role he foresees for the Hammers’ new Swiss striker Albian Ajeti, who has joined the club from FC Basel.

“If you compare our squad this season with the last season, we lost three strikers,” he continued. “We bought first Sebastien Haller, and now Albian Ajeti. He’s a good striker to compete with Javier Hernandez and Antonio for that position.”

Pellegrini is looking forward to the contest, adding: “We know that we have a tough game against Manchester City, but we are confident that we will not play with fear.

“We’re trying to work as we need to do against that team but always not leaving out our style of play.”