Stevan Jovetic must make way for Wilfried Bony

Manchester City have left striker Stevan Jovetic out of their Champions League squad to accommodate new £25m (€33m) signing Wilfried Bony.

Stevan Jovetic must make way for Wilfried Bony

The arrival of Ivory Coast international Bony from Swansea in January meant City had one more foreign player in their squad than they are permitted to register for European competition.

The decision by manager Manuel Pellegrini to leave out Jovetic means he will continue to be restricted to just three senior strikers for the remainder of the competition — Bony, Sergio Aguero and Dzeko.

But given 25-year-old Jovetic’s limited involvement during 19 often injury-troubled months at City, Pellegrini — despite a looming Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona — has maybe decided it is a sacrifice worth making.

Jovetic, who missed large spells last season with calf and hamstring problems, has scored just 11 goals since his £22m (€29.4) move from Fiorentina in 2013.

The issue has arisen because City, as punishment for breaching Uefa’s Financial Fair Play restrictions, are restricted to naming just 16 foreign players in their squad rather than the usual 17.

City had to submit their squad by 11pm on Tuesday, but the details were only made public yesterday.

The other prime candidates for omission were thought to be back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero and full-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Bacary Sagna.

Frenchman Gael Clichy and Belgian Dedryck Boyata do not count on the foreign quota as they qualify as homegrown and club-trained.

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