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Aguero tweets injury update

  • 04 May 2014 08:48
  • Posted by @NieldyMCFC

City are just two home victories away from Barclays Premier League glory following Saturday’s hard-fought and nervy win at Goodison Park which saw the Blues top the table for the first time since 1 February.

Of course, the league leadership could change another two times before City kick-off against Aston Villa on Wednesday night with the remaining fixtures of the busy Bank Holiday schedule involving rivals Liverpool and Chelsea still to come.

The win over Everton finally lifted the hoodoo around a fixture that traditionally strikes fear into the heart of any City fan (one win in 15 attempts will do that to you), but it came seemingly with a cost.

Things looked bad for Sergio Aguero who limped off the field clutching his troublesome groin following his blockbuster finish that dragged City back on level terms following Ross Barkley’s stunning opener. However a sky blue sigh of relief was clearly audible amongst the Twitter world as the striker tweeted the following soon after full time to allay fears of him missing the final two games:

God bless Twitter!

Joe Hart is also in the spotlight this Sunday morning. His incredible fingertips save from Everton’s Steven Naismith is seen by many, Roberto Martinez included as the defining moment of the game.

Rob Draper’s Daily Mail piece quotes the Toffee’s boss:

“‘For me, Joe Hart has made the save of the season.

“‘It was a difficult ball down low at an angle and then we conceded a goal. That minute was key.’”

City skipper Vincent Kompany also chipped in with:

“‘(Joe Hart) was unbelievable. I guess you guys (England) are getting him in form at the right time for the World Cup.’

The Bleacher Report praises City’s use of the ‘dark arts’ in ensuring that the three points left Goodison for the Etihad, especially during a potentially frenetic closing period.

Usually lauded for attacking flair and whirlwind skill, the Blues rolled their sleeves up and set about killing the game just as Everton were looking tangibly lifted with 15 minutes to go. Slowly-taken throw-ins and holding the ball in the corner aren’t often associated with Manuel Pellegrini’s talented squad but needs must.

““So it made sense that if City were going to steal away with the three points they needed to go temporarily back atop the Premier League table, the Sky Blues were going to have to empty their whole trick bag.

““It is a strange thing to watch a side as gifted as Manchester City so definitively and intentionally power down in the seemingly endless closing minutes of a match.

““Then again, there is a reason Mourinho wins so many matches 1-0.

“If City again manage leads of multiple goals in those upcoming matches, Pellegrini and his charges should continue their recent dalliance in the dark arts.

“Time-wasting makes for bad television and sour press conferences, but done correctly, it just plain works.

“And there is no room on the Premier League trophy to engrave any aspersions about how the champions won the thing.”

In transfer news, City are reportedly ready to swoop for Chelsea’s young Scandinavian defender Andreas Christensen if Here Is The City are to be believed.

Touchline Talk run with a story we’ve seen a few reports of this week – that Liverpool are plotting an £8m bid for Micah Richards.

Make of all that what you will! We’ll see you tomorrow for more rumour and gossip. Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday weekend. 

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