• Premier League

Hart dropping confirmed by Manchester City

ESPN staff
November 2, 2013
Joe Hart will take in Manchester City's match against Norwich from the bench © Getty Images

The much-rumoured dropping of Joe Hart from the Manchester City team for their Premier League match against Norwich City at the Etihad has been confirmed.

The confirmed City line-up has Costel Pantilimon in goal, with Hart having to settle for a place on the bench after a prolonged dip in form forced Manuel Pellegrini to reconsider the goalkeeping position.

Pellegrini had refused to confirm in his press conference on Friday that Hart would be dropped, although widespread reports followed that Pantilimon was in line for the start.

Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Negredo

Substitutes: Hart, Lescott, Richards, Kolarov, Navas, Milner, Dzeko

Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, Bassong, Whittaker; Pilkington, Fer, Johnson, Olsson; Howson; Hooper.

Substitutes: Bunn, Hoolahan, Elmander, Garrido, Becchio, R Bennett, Josh Murphy

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