Football: Pellegrini returns to boost Manchester City after mother's death

Manchester City will have manager Manuel Pellegrini (above) back in the dug-out for their friendly in Hong Kong on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, following the death of his mother, his assistant Brian Kidd said. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Manchester City will have manager Manuel Pellegrini (above) back in the dug-out for their friendly in Hong Kong on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, following the death of his mother, his assistant Brian Kidd said. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Manchester City will have manager Manuel Pellegrini back in the dug-out for their friendly in Hong Kong on Wednesday following the death of his mother, his assistant Brian Kidd said.

Pellegrini was forced late last week to abandon City's pre-season preparations in South Africa to return to his native Chile.

But he arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday and will go in search of his first win as City's boss on Wednesday in the Barclays Asia Trophy. They face local side South China.

"He's just arrived this afternoon and sends his apologies to everyone for not being able to make this press conference," Kidd said on Tuesday.