Joe Hart shakes off knock for Swansea trip

Joe Hart Manchester City goalkeeperJoe Hart has boosted Manchester City by shaking off a back injury ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Swansea City.

The England international suffered a back injury in last Saturday’s victory over West Ham, but he is fit and will be in manager Roberto Mancini’s starting XI at the Liberty Stadium.

City otherwise have no injury worries or suspensions, with striker Sergio Aguero and midfielders David Silva and James Milner having returned from hamstring problems against the Hammers.

Meanwhile, defender Joleon Lescott has offered his backing to Hart following his error during the win against West Ham in which he allowed an Andy Carroll effort to slip through his legs in stoppage-time.

“The goal against West Ham was down to his back spasm,” Lescott told the Daily Mirror. “Obviously he was disappointed to concede and, knowing Joe, he’ll be gutted for a week now.

“It was one of those things but we have no qualms with Joe at all, at any stage of the season. If he made an error, or what he sees as an error, we still won the game 2-1. Joe will play it down but I know he really beats himself up about these things.”

Lescott continued: “He’s on course for the Golden Glove again and he prides himself on that. He’s got 15 clean sheets this season and I know that award means a lot to him. He’ll just get his head down in training and try and better himself as he does every week.”

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