Saturday 20 January 2018

Aguero's hopeful of City comeback

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero hopes to return for tomorrow evening's Premier
League clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero hopes to return for tomorrow evening's Premier League clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium

Sergio Aguero hopes to return for Manchester City in the Premier League leaders' clash with Liverpool tomorrow.

The prolific Argentina striker has missed City's last seven games after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty.

A comeback for the 27-year-old - who scored five goals against Newcastle on his last City appearance - would be timely with fellow forward Wilfried Bony doubtful with a hamstring problem. Aguero said: "I do hope I can play in this game. I'm doing everything in my power to get to the match in top condition. It's been a frustrating time."

Ivory Coast international Bony was sidelined during the recent international break after being forced off early during City's goalless draw at Aston Villa on November 8.

Playmaker David Silva could also be nearing a return after a seven-game absence with a knee injury but Samir Nasri looks set to be out until February with a hamstring problem.

Tomorrow's encounter against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium will see City come up against their former midfielder James Milner, who left the club for Anfield in the summer.

Aguero said: "He's a great player, though it will be odd to see him wearing another team's colours. He is a true professional and I'm sure he's going to come against us with everything he's got. It should be a great game. Jurgen Klopp has come in and he's a great addition to the Premier League."

Klopp, meanwhile, has spoken to compatriot Emre Can about being caught up in the Paris terror attacks and the late cancellation of Germany's friendly against Holland on security grounds.

The 21-year-old came on as a substitute in Germany's friendly against France last Friday which was targeted by suicide bombers as part of a co-ordinated series of attacks on the French capital in which 129 people were killed.

Then on Tuesday Germany's home friendly against the Dutch in Hanover was also called off an hour before kick-off after authorities received evidence of a significant security threat.

"We spoke about this but, like everyone, not in a special way," said Klopp. "He is a young lad who was in a very difficult situation. Like all of us it is difficult to understand or to change.

"We have to trust in the people who have a bit more power to change it and we will see what happens. It was not the best experience for the boys but it was an experience. Now they are here, back at home."

The Premier League is considering asking its clubs to play the French national anthem La Marseillaise at all matches this week in a show of support and Klopp backed the idea.

"Of course it is a good thing to give a good sign again," he added. "It is not only in football but it is the first time we are in the middle of the chaos - it is a very good sign and we will be part of this."

Klopp is hopeful of having captain Jordan Henderson, who has been out since mid-August with a heel problem and then a broken bone in his foot, back with the first-team group in the coming days.

And he also offered positive news on Mamadou Sakho, who sustained medial ligament damage against Crystal Palace immediately before the international break and was initially ruled out until January, with midfielder Jordan Rossiter returning to training on Sunday after a hamstring injury. Klopp had a visit this week from former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, on a post-season break from Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy, but the manager sought to play down their meeting.

"He is enjoying his holiday. It was good. I enjoyed the time together and we spoke about many things but if there is something to say about this it will be Stevie," he said.

"He doesn't want to play next week, he doesn't want to train next week as he's still on holiday.

"What I can say is if he wants to train he can, there is no question he can use Melwood as he has done for about 500 years, and then go back to LA and train and play."

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