Joe Hart to return to Manchester City lineup for clash against Roma

Joe Hart will regain his place in the Manchester City side for Tuesday's Champions League Group E clash against Roma.

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Hart, 27, has been an unused substitute for City's last two games after Willy Caballero was given a chance in the 7-0 Capital One Cup thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday and the 4-2 Premier League win at Hull.

However, manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has said he wants to use a squad rotation system with his goalkeepers as well as outfield players, confirmed the England international will return for the match at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

"Yes, yes," he told reporters who asked if Hart would play against last season's Serie A runners-up. "He is in a very good moment also. It's a crucial game because Roma won their first match and we lost. It will be a very tough group and we cannot drop points here at home. It's very important for us to win that game."

Hart began City's Champions League campaign in fine form during their 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich but has added competition this season after the arrival of Caballero, who played for Pellegrini at Malaga.

Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany has come to the defence of his centre-back partner Eliaquim Mangala after the France international endured a traumatic afternoon against Hull on Saturday.

The 32 million-pound summer signing scored an own goal, conceded a penalty and was booked, but Kompany told reporters: "It's part of being a defender. If your children ever choose to play football, sign them up as strikers and then this won't happen to them.

"As defenders, we have to deal with this, it's part of the job. But I always look at the reaction and we saw it from him in the second half. It could have been so dangerous because it had gone to 2-2, but he just got on with it and stood up to the task. The rest of the game, he played well, he stayed professional. You could not have asked for more.

"Sometimes you get half an hour like this, but you still have an hour to play well. That's all you can do, it's always about the next minutes and that's how I think about it. I've seen in him a great reaction and, in the second half, he was spot on.

"There's no harm done. Sometimes you say: 'get these things out of the way early.' As a defender, it's a bit like being a goalkeeper, you kind of know these things will happen to you. You just never know when."