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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will not change his decision to leave Joe Hart out of his side for the FA Cup final.
Mancini has made it clear the England number one will not be in his starting line-up to face Wigan at Wembley on Saturday, preferring to reward Costel Pantilimon for his performances in getting City to Wembley.
The Romanian has played in all of City's domestic cup fixtures this season, and Mancini believes it would be unfair to alter his selection policy, despite Hart's disappointment.
When asked if he may be tempted to pick Hart for the final, the Italian said: "I don't think so, we decided this at the start of the season. Pantilimon deserves to play.
"Joe won the FA Cup two years ago, he won the Premier League last year, he is the best keeper in England and I think he should be happy his second keeper can play in a big game.
"I know he wants to play but we decided at the start of the season it was important for Pantilimon to play...
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Sinclair was taken to hospital after feeling unwell last Friday and the 24-year-old required an operation after the blood clot was discovered.
He remains in hospital, but is expected to be discharged at the weekend and will return for a check-up in about a month.