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TEAM NEWS: Richards, Kolo Toure and Lescott start as Manchester City begin life without Mancini against Reading

TEAM NEWS: Richards, Kolo Toure and Lescott start as Manchester City begin life without Mancini against Reading

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Caretaker boss Brian Kidd restores the trio of defenders to the starting line-up for their trip to the Madejski Stadium, while the Royals are unchanged after beating Fulham 4-2

Micah Richards, Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott are back in the Manchester City team to face Reading following the departure of manager Roberto Mancini.

Joe Hart continues in goal after starting the FA Cup final against Wigan, while Gael Clichy is the other defender in at the back with the recalled trio.

Caretaker manager Brian Kidd names a holding midfield of Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry, while James Milner, David Silva and Carlos Tevez form an attacking trio behind striker Sergio Aguero.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins names an unchanged line-up from the team that beat Fulham 4-2 last time out, while Hope Akpan returns to the matchday squad on the bench in place of Noel Hunt.

Reading starting XI: McCarthy; Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly; Karacan, Guthrie; McCleary, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu; Pogrebnyak
Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Harte, Carrico, Akpan, Blackman, Le Fondre

Manchester City starting XI: Hart; Richards, Kolo Toure, Lescott, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Barry; Milner, Silva, Tevez; Aguero
Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Kolarov, Garcia, Nasri, Rodwell, Dzeko

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