Aguero targets Liverpool return

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MANCHESTER-Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes he will be fit for Saturday’s clash against Liverpool.

Aguero has been out since early October with a hamstring injury sustained while playing for Argentina.

“I don’t think I’m too far away now,” Aguero told City’s website. “Physically, I feel good and I’ve kept as fit as I can during my layoff.

“I still need to work hard for another week and if not this week, then maybe next, I hope to start training with the rest of the lads and so my target is Liverpool.”

Premier League leaders City take on Liverpool on 21 November and are away to Juventus in the Champions League next week.

Aguero scored a club record five goals in a 6-1 win over Newcastle United in his last City appearance.

“I’ll take things slowly and not rush into anything, but I’m not far away,” he said.

Aguero also says he has been encouraged by the early signs of his partnership with attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and hopes they can form a strikeforce that will drive the side on to trophy-winning success.

De Bruyne has made an impressive start to his Manchester City career since he joined from VfL Wolfsburg in the close season, bagging seven goals in 14 appearances.

The first hint of a promising alliance between the Belgian and Aguero came on October 3, when City demolished Newcastle United 6-1 with the Argentine scoring five, two of them assisted by De Bruyne, who scored one himself.

“I’m really happy because I think the club did a great piece of business bringing Kevin in and you are always happy when a quality player arrives and he is certainly that,” Aguero told club’s website.

“The few chances I’ve had to play alongside him have been encouraging because we started to get an understanding of how each other plays.

“As I say, he is a great player and it’s really important he settles in and shows us what he can do and he’s also a great lad off the field as well so I’m looking forward to playing alongside him again,” he added.

Nicolas Otamendi had a shaky start to his City career but has since found his feet and produced a man-of-the-match display against bitter rivals Manchester United on October 25, one of an improved level of performance praised by his compatriot Aguero.

“Nico is a good player who will help our team and the more Argentinians the better as far as I’m concerned,” Aguero said.

“We need a big squad because we’ve got lots of games and many competitions we’re trying to win and all the players we’ve brought in over the summer have made us stronger.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder James Milner has set his sights on returning to action in time for Saturday’s clash away at former club Manchester City.

Milner withdrew from the England squad for the two friendlies against Spain and France after picking up a hamstring injury in Liverpool’s Europa League win over Rubin Kazan two  weeks ago.

The 29-year-old missed Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace on 8 November, their first loss under manager Juergen Klopp.

“It’s always disappointing to miss any games – and obviously missing last weekend and the England games is disappointing,” Milner told the club’s website.

“It shouldn’t be too long and hopefully I’ll be back for the next game (against City).

“You never like to put a timeframe on it because it’s a hamstring and they’re always difficult and a bit unpredictable, but hopefully I’ll be alright,” he added.

Liverpool sit 10th in the table after 12 games, nine points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.

Full weekend fixtures

Nov 21: Watford v Manchester United, Everton v Aston Villa, Swansea v Bournemouth, Newcastle v Leicester, Southampton v Stoke, Chelsea v Norwich, West Brom v Arsenal,
Manchester City v Liverpool.

Nov 22: Tottenham v West Ham.

Nov 23: Crystal Palace v Sunderland.

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Manchester City 12 8 2 2 26 9 17 26
2 Arsenal 12 8 2 2 22 9 13 26
3 Leicester City 12 7 4 1 25 20 5 25
4 Manchester United 12 7 3 2 17 8 9 24
5 Tottenham Hotspur 12 5 6 1 20 10 10 21
6 West Ham United 12 6 3 3 23 16 7 21
7 Southampton 12 5 5 2 19 13 6 20
8 Crystal Palace 12 6 1 5 14 12 2 19
9 Everton 12 4 5 3 20 16 4 17
10 Liverpool 12 4 5 3 13 14 -1 17
11 Watford 12 4 4 4 11 12 -1 16
12 Stoke City 12 4 4 4 10 12 -2 16
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 4 2 6 10 16 -6 14
14 Swansea City 12 3 4 5 12 16 -4 13
15 Norwich City 12 3 3 6 16 23 -7 12
16 Chelsea 12 3 2 7 16 23 -7 11
17 Newcastle United 12 2 4 6 13 22 -9 10
18 Bournemouth 12 2 2 8 12 25 -13 8
19 Sunderland 12 1 3 8 13 26 -13 6
20 Aston Villa 12 1 2 9 10 20 -10 5

 

-Reuters

 

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