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Capital One Cup Man City v Hull City: Kevin De Bruyne sets sights on silverware

By Simon Peach

Kevin De Bruyne has set his sights on brushing off Hull City's challenge to pursue his first trophy in English football.

The Belgium international, who has made a major impact at the Etihad since joining from Wolfsburg in the summer, is likely to feature in tonight's quarter-final against the Tigers.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini has fond memories of the competition - it was his first trophy in English football in 2014 - and is likely to resist the temptation to field a weakened line-up against their Championship opponents.

De Bruyne, the 24-year-old who was signed for £54m, said: "If we win we are already in the semi-finals, it would be nice to play in the Capital One final because if you win it's the first trophy of the season. We will try everything to win this."

Sergio Aguero looks likely to be left out after he limped off with what looked like an ankle injury against Southampton on Saturday, although Pellegrini has played down its severity by saying it was merely a "kick in the heel".

David Silva could make his first start since October 3 - the Spain international came off the bench against the Saints - but goalkeeper Joe Hart is expected to still be out injured.

Pellegrini said: "We will see, with the medical staff, the way they recover from these games. Maybe we are going to make some changes, but not so many as Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri are all out are out of this game.

"Maybe for teams that are out of some competitions - the Champions League or the Capital One Cup - it is easier to play in the Premier League, but we always want to continue in all the competitions."

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