Tournament favourites Ivory Coast, and Kolo Toure, have been knocked out of African Nations Cup by Algeria. This immediately brings up the question as to when Toure could return and more interestingly given the play of Boyata and Kompany would Mancini risk dropping the City Captain straight into such an important game as Wednesday's second leg of the Liquid Cup?
With all indications that Old Purple Nose will play a strong United team the experience of Toure would be helpful. Then again Boyata and Kompany have already started to grow as a pairing in a way that Toure and Lescott have not. Decisions, Decisions.
With the return of Adebayor also muted the game time selection decisions are going to be huge. We saw against Scunthorpe a true 4-3-3 as once again Mancini played with formations and players. Against United in the first leg the boys from Salford were able to get some decent width especially with Valencia. I've got a sneaking suspicion that the club will start with a tight defensive formation in midfield and if City concede then a change will be made. Such a situation would leave Stephen Ireland on the bench to start.
The availability of Patrick Vieira is also relevant although all indications are that he will not be fit in time.
So many options, so many possibilities and so many potential players. Almost makes you wish for the days of Hughes when we knew what was going to happen. I said "almost"...