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Aleksandar Kolarov | Defensemen

Team: Manchester City
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 183

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Aleksandar Kolarov made a surprise return to training as the Serbian left-back was passed fit for Wednesdays’ crucial Champions League encounter against Sevilla.
Only four days ago, Manuel Pellegrini had said that "he hoped" Kolarov could return within a fortnight after the defender picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty. But, Kolarov was pictured with the group on Tuesday morning before the Chilean boss later confirmed his availability during this afternoon’s pre-match press conference. David Silva, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy will definitely miss this one but all three have a chance for Sundays’ Manchester derby at Old Trafford. However, it wasn’t all good news as Sergio Aguero has been ruled out until late November. The 27-year-old suffered a grade two hamstring tear while representing Argentina and had been hoping for a return within a month. Oct 20 - 7:09 PM

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The left side of the Manchester City defense is in shambles following an injury to left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.

A previous injury to Gael Clichy has left City without its top two left-backs. Manuel Pellegrini said he hopes to have the Serbian back for Week 11."Kolarov also has a hamstring injury. We’ll see how they [Aleks and David] improve in the next week – I hope both of them can be back in 15 days." Pellegrini will now have to turn to playing a defender out of position (or possibly even switching to a three-man back-line, although that seems a bit drastic). Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna are your best bets to come into the starting defense.

Aleksandar Kolarov limped off moments before he was sent-off – for protesting a refereeing decision from the dugout - during the Euro qualifying defeat to Portugal on Sunday.

Early reports suggest Kolarov picked up a thigh problem which needs to be assessed and with Gael Clichy still not 100 per cent Manuel Pellegrini could have problems at left-back. Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Eliaquim Mangala have provided defensive cover in the past although none are ideal. The injury to Kolarov caps a truly miserable international week for City. Sergio Aguero [hamstring] will miss at least a month while David Silva is at risk of missing the derby due to a heavy ankle sprain. Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has already hinted that captain Vincent Kompany will feature on Tuesday despite having qualified for the 2016 Euro Championships [and against the wishes of his club]. With a run of seven games over the next 22-days, City are approaching a pivotal point in their campaign and can’t afford too many slip-ups.
Oct 12 - 6:10 AM

Man City continue to gather momentum with another poised and powerful display at Everton. Ominous news for the rest of the Premier League – and those players currently sat on the City bench…

The story of Man City’s summer was about bringing in new blood. The story of the opening three matches has been about the resurrection of reputations. Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany have (so far) been full of the power and poise they lacked last season. But the real surprise has been in the full-back positions. Not many predicted Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov to start ahead of Zabaleta and Cliché this season. But those FL managers that are able are advised to reassess – and quick. The likes of Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony will get game time to spare the legs of Silva and Aguero for bigger battles ahead. But the City back five will take some shifting. Never mind Sterling, City’s full-backs look like money in the bank this season…
Aug 24 - 2:41 PM

Aleksandar Kolarov earned his share of Manchester City's third straight clean sheet and scored what would be the game-winning goal as the Sky Blues keep their season perfect with a 0-2 win over Everton.

City seem to be widening the gap when it comes to class in the league early into this season. Though they were not especially fluid in their attack and by no means dominated the Toffees in general, they were controlled in defense and allowed the scoring chances to come. It wasn't until the hour mark when Kolarov made an overlapping run of Raheem Sterling, picked up the ball and slotted it near post from a seemingly impossible angle. Samir Nasri would play a 1-2 with Yaya Toure and score his first of the season from the bench in the 88th minute to seal the points. City have always been a scare for opposition in containing the attack, but this year's side looks more balanced right now than that of their two recent championship seasons. FPL managers may not be able to afford another week to go by without a City defender. Their schedule only gets easier and Kolarov in particular can go on a scoring binge.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 1:16 PM

Man City full-back Alexsander Kolarov plots a return to Serie A as his agent opens talks with Serie A giants Inter Milan. And he could be joined by team-mate Stevan Jovetic.

Kolarov joined City for £16 million in 2010 and has made no secret of his desire to return to Italy one day, despite signing a three year extension to his contract – worth a reported £100k a week - just last summer. In March he was quoted as saying: ‘I’d like to return to Italy, but it’s difficult.’ His first team appearances were limited last season by the presence of Gael Clichy. The Serbian started just 16 matches (to Clichy’s 23) but out-performed the former Arsenal man in clean sheets (9 v 6), Goals (2 v 0) and matched his three assists. AC Milan were thought to be leading the race for his signature, but Inter have stolen a march and are also keen to take his City team mate Stevan Jovetic and Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado. Which might just leave a Raheem Sterling sized hole for one of last season’s top two. Just saying…
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 10 - 2:50 AM

Aleksandar Kolarov has been on fire since returning to the starting line-up with outputs of 16, 24, and 29 over the past three weeks.

Kolarov has always been a better fantasy player than real life player with the only drawback being that he doesn't start frequently enough to be a true fantasy stud. For those disappointed to regularly see Gael Clichy lining up for City when healthy, here's a reminder of why you're so bummed about that: six passes intercepted, three blocked shots, two shots on target, a clean sheet, four successful crosses, three corners won, and two tackles won. He got 29 points in the Yahoo system DESPITE a yellow card and not registering either a goal or an assist. That's a fantasy stud. If only he was a regular starter.
May 7 - 10:53 AM

Aleksandar Kolarov is likely to join Yaya Toure and James Milner on the sidelines for City's Week 30 clash with West Brom.

Manchester City need all three points from their match with West Brom on Saturday to maintain their firm hold on a Champions League place. With the season going in the wrong direction following a week where they lost to Burnley and were eliminated from the Champions League, City are desperate to beat the Baggies. That task will be a little tougher on the attacking end as City are likely to be missing Kolarov and will definitely be missing Yaya Toure and James Milner. The absences mean that Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and Gael Clichy are almost certain starters.
Mar 20 - 2:58 PM

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in Tuesdays’ pre-match UEFA Champions League press conference that Manchester City will be without Aleksandar Kolarov for up to a month because of injury.

The full-back limped out of the warm-up prior to Sundays’ derby win against Manchester rivals United and a subsequent assessment has revealed a grade one calf tear. His absence hands French defender Gael Clichy the opportunity to establish himself within the starting eleven having been rotated throughout the season. Eliaquim Mangala [hip] has been passed for visit of CSKA Moscow but midfielder Frank Lampard [thigh] did not train ahead of the match although the on-loan New York City star has a chance of facing Queen Park Rangers in game week 11.
Source: Daily Mirror
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Manchester City stepped up their preparations for their Premier League title defence with a 4-1 victory over MLS champions Sporting Kansas City on Thursday.

After a shaky start to pre-season Manchester City have got things going, with back to back victories in Scotland and the US. The goals in this 4-1 win came from Bruno Zuculini, Dedryck Boyata, Kelechi Iheanacho and pre-season penalty taker Aleksandar Kolarov, who has taken on the duty in the absence of Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. New signing Willy Caballero featured in goal, while Micah Richards got a rare run-out in the second half.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 05:16:00 AM

Inter Milan are keen on landing Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov in January, but they're not alone. Juventus, Napoli and Zenit St Petersburg are also reportedly in the running.

Kolarov has expressed his desire to move back to Italy in a recent interview, citing limited first-team reps as the main reason. "I would love to return to the Italian league one day. We will see when the time is right. I didn’t get to play matches when I expected to during Roberto Mancini’s time. I’ve been playing more since Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival. But let’s see what happens." With F Sergio Aguero and D Pablo Zabaleta each expected to miss time after sustaining leg-related injuries earlier this week, Mancini could be reluctant to sell. Kolarov was benched in favor Gael Clichy in City's 6-3 victory over Arsenal last weekend, which marks the third time in the past seven games he's been watching from the sidelines. Despite inconsistent playing time, Kolarov has tallied three assists in his last two starts.
Source: The Mirror
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:17:00 AM

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has pledged his commitment to the club after being linked with a move away from the Etihad.

Kolarov was unsettled last season and was linked to a move away throughout the summer but has already played 90 minutes of league football for Manuel Pellegrini (vs Hull). It is likely the Serbian international will remain Gael Clichy's back-up at left-back but the promise of more pitch time appears to have persuaded him that his future remains at City. When there is solid news of him starting he remains a fantastic option for your fantasy team due to his set piece delivery.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 11:09:00 AM

Inter Milan are considering a move for Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.

Kolarov cost Manchester City over £16million back in 2010 but he has never really settled and lost his place to Gael Clichy last season. Despite his excellent set-piece delivery Kolarov has looked slightly out of his depth with the pace of the Premier League and may find Italy a better fit.
Source: TalkSport
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 09:27:00 AM