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The keeper lost his place in Manchester City's starting line-up earlier this season after a run of poor form, but is now back as the club look to win a second Premier League title

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the professionalism of goalkeeper Joe Hart following his mid-season dip in form.

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The England international was dropped in favour of Costel Pantilimon late last year before eventually regaining his place in City's starting XI.

With the World Cup on the horizon, there had been initial fears that Hart may lose his starting spot for England, although the Chilean feels the goalkeeper displayed his professionalism to recover his place at City.

"The second round of [the season] for Joe has been a very good performance," Pellegrini told The Manchester Evening News.

"One of the good things that we did this year was to talk to him and sit him [out] some games because he was in a very bad moment but he reacted as a professional player, the number one in England."

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