Aguero may be back to lead attack

Sergio Aguero returned to training after being involved in a car crash in Amsterdam late last month. The Argentinian is City's top scorer with six goals in the league.
Sergio Aguero returned to training after being involved in a car crash in Amsterdam late last month. The Argentinian is City's top scorer with six goals in the league.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON • Manchester City's Sergio Aguero could be in contention to start the Premier League clash against Stoke at the Etihad today, manager Pep Guardiola has suggested.

The Argentinian, who has scored six goals in the league so far this season, was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam at the end of last month, suffering broken ribs in the process.

However, the striker has since resumed training to give City a boost. Guardiola's side are top of the league and seeking a seventh win in eight games.

"He had his first training session and he did quite well. Maybe he could be back for tomorrow," Guardiola said in his pre-match conference yesterday as reported by the BBC.

"He's not 100 per cent, he explained what could have happened, but now we are happy he is back to training," added the City manager, inferring that Aguero was glad the injury was not more serious.

However, Guardiola did not have good news regarding his injured captain Vincent Kompany.

"He is still injured (with a calf problem), he's much, much better but he is still injured. He will let us know when he's ready," the Spaniard said.

City are leading the Premier League on 19 points after seven games, but edging ahead of rivals Manchester United only on goal difference.

Guardiola added that he is satisfied with results so far but he wants more.

"I am so happy with what we have done of course but still we have a good gap to improve but I am really impressed," the 46-year-old said.

"Stoke will be a tough, tough game, they are so defensive, the back five is well organised and they have a good goalkeeper (in Jack Butland)."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admitted that City were in a class of their own but the match is "not one we are afraid of", according to Sky Sports.

"The strength at the top of the league is huge and Man City are well equipped," he said.

"They have power and pace. It's a big test for us. The last two home games they have won 5-0 and we will have to be at our best. We have got threats ourselves and players who can change games."


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2017, with the headline 'Aguero may be back to lead attack'. Print Edition | Subscribe