• Central defender has not started since Ajax defeat
• City have no plans to sell, he has no interest in move
Joleon Lescott is intent on fighting his way back into the Manchester City first team after recently falling out of favour with Roberto Mancini. The manager has no plans to sell Lescott in the January transfer window and the 30-year-old is still considered an important member of his squad.
Lescott was not included in the 18 player match-day squad by Mancini for Wednesday evening's 2-0 win at Wigan Athletic, with Kolo Touré preferred as the substitute central defender. Lescott was also not selected in the 18 for Sunday's 0-0 draw at Chelsea, with Touré again on the bench.
Lescott has not played for City since 27 October, when he made an 89th-minute appearance as a replacement for Sergio Agüero in a 1-0 win at Swansea City. His last start was in the 3-1 defeat to Ajax in Amsterdam three days earlier, during which he was taken off by Mancini after 63 minutes.
While Lescott was unavailable during this period for a few games due to a back injury he has been fit and in contention since mid-November. Having been an automatic selection in central defence alongside Vincent Kompany in last season's title winning side, he is now in effect fourth choice.
Lescott, though, is calm about the situation and wants to focus on winning his place back. The 30-year-old, who has 18 months remaining on his contract, has no intention of seeking a move in January.
Lescott had to convince Mancini of his worth when the Italian became manager three years ago. He fought his way into the first team then and, with Touré set to play for Ivory Coast in January at the Africa Cup of Nations, there is again a sense that Lescott will be given a chance to prove his worth.