Aguero set to return for Wembley showdown?
- 28 February 2014 07:35
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
We are on official Wembley count-down with just two days to go until City’s latest visit to our nation’s footballing home.
The media are already well into their pre-match build-up with widespread reports this morning that Sergio Aguero could be ready to face the Black Cats at this Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final.
“The striker has been sidelined for a month with a hamstring problem but returned to full training earlier this week.” report the Daily Star’s Jeremy Cross.
“He has been given until tomorrow to prove his fitness and Starsport understands the Argentine star is making good progress.
“Aguero has told friends he is desperate to face Sunderland and help Manuel Pellegrini’s men try to lift their first major trophy of the season.
“But it is understood he could still be left out of the starting line-up even if he is declared fit for selection.”
Skipper Vincent Kompany told the Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Brennan that Sergio’s return will give the title-chasing Blues their ‘fear factor’ back. Indeed, having scored an average of three goals a game for most of the season, City have managed just three in five games since the Argentine striker limped-off at White Hart Lane.
““First of all, he is one of the best players in the world, and secondly he has a fear factor, and that comes in to play,” said Kompany, hoping to be the first City skipper to lift the trophy since Mike Doyle in 1976 .
Whenever Sergio is there, we are a better team, but we have had to deal without him for long spells this season and have coped pretty well.
““It goes without saying that when you have a player of his quality that it is pretty special to have him amongst you.””
The Express look ahead to Sunday’s showdown with an interview with Fernandinho. The Brazilian midfielder has been integral to City’s good form this season, and with summer’s World Cup looming, Ferna is determined to take every chance to impress Felipe Scolari and earn a run in his national side for the first time in two years. Graham Chase quotes the City star:
““It would be a good start for me here in England in my first season, to win the first competition available.”
““We have a great team here, great players and I’m the only Brazilian who plays here. The performance of the team has been very good and everyone in Brazil has been watching them. That means people in Brazil know City has a Brazilian guy playing for them.
““Getting into the World Cup squad is the most important thing in my career. I want to play in the World Cup in my country and this is the last game before the final squad is announced.
““Every player there will be trying to catch the eye of the manager. His head will be confused if he has a lot of players who do well. But hopefully I can do well.
““Next time the World Cup might be in 100 years, I don’t know, but this is the only opportunity for us.””
Look-out for all the previews from the City camp today on mcfc.co.uk including Manuel Pellegrini's press conference and much more...