Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said the club will take a decision this week on Kelechi Iheanacho’s inclusion in City’s Champions League squad.
Teams in the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition will have an opportunity to alter their 25-man squads for the knockout stages next week and Iheanacho, who missed the cut for City’s group-stage campaign, further pushed his case with an FA Cup hat-trick at Aston Villa on Saturday.
The 19-year-old has eight goals across all competitions in an increasingly impressive debut season and appears to be an obvious choice to bolster Pellegrini’s attacking options ahead of the tie against Dynamo Kiev, with Kevin De Bruyne (knee) and Samir Nasri (hamstring) definite absentees and fellow striker Wilfried Bony nursing a calf problem.
“It’s a decision we are going to take during this week before the set date that we can do it. But of course he pushed a lot,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“We have a young player who is very important for our club,” he added. “I’ve had the opportunity to do it with Santi Cazorla, with Isco, with Mascherano – so I know we have a player that deserves space in the squad and I think that Kelechi can do it.”