• Manager may talk to goalkeeper before Newcastle match
• Matija Nastasic makes early return from ankle injury
Manuel Pellegrini may speak to Joe Hart following the goalkeeper's error for England against Scotland in Wednesday evening's friendly at Wembley, although the Manchester City manager is clear he has no concerns over Hart's form.
Hart endured a difficult campaign last season, making a number of costly mistakes for City and England. Wednesday's error came when the 26-year-old allowed James Morrison's 11th-minute shot to slip in for Scotland's opener. England won the game 3-2 but Roy Hodgson, the England manager, subsequently warned Hart his place was in danger.
Pellegrini's first Premier League game as manager will be the visit of Newcastle United on Monday and he said he might speak to Hart on Saturday. "I think Joe Hart has to demonstrate why he is the best goalkeeper in England every week he plays. He is a very important goalkeeper, I have a lot of trust in him. Everyone can make an error but I have a lot of trust in him and I am sure he will again this year show why he is the No1 in England."
As previously reported in the Guardian, Sergio Agüero is in contention to be in the squad for the trip to south Wales following a knee problem. Matija Nastasic has made an early return to training following an ankle injury that City had thought would rule him out for around five weeks.
"He is not ready for the next match but next week he will work normally with the whole squad," said his manager.
Having signed Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic and Jesús Navas early in the summer for £88m, Pellegrini is pleased with the time he has had with his squad. "Absolutely, [we are] ready," the Chilean said. "We made a very good pre-season, working for about 40 days with all the players, knowing each other more. We played seven friendly matches with different starting XIs so most of them had a very similar average of minutes so we have a full squad to choose from for Newcastle.
"I think we have the squad we need for the year, not only for [the] Premier League but also [the] Champions League."
Because the manager plans to play a 4-3-3 formation this means he will have a difficult choice regarding which forward should start of Jovetic, Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Agüero. "We have four important strikers, that is why they are here, but we have them for the whole season. I [do] not worry who plays tomorrow or next Sunday. We have four strikers because we need four strikers. We will see who is the best for each match," he said.
Pellegrini may still add a defender before the end of the transfer window with Real Madrid's Pepe and Atlético Madrid's Martin Demichelis potential targets.
Scott Sinclair could go out on loan should the winger wish. "If he wants to play more, we will try to give him that."