Pellegrini confirms Aguero’s return ahead of Blackburn clash
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is all set to return to the first-team in the FA Cup clash against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday. The Argentina international has been out of action for the last couple of weeks because of a calf injury.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has decided to bench Yaya Toure and David Silva for the game in order to have both midfielders at full fitness for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City.
Aguero returns to the fold after limping off the field in Manchester City’s 6-3 win over Arsenal. The in-form Argentinean hit-man has is now training with the team and expected to start in game against Rovers.
Aguero, who is Manchester City’s highest goalscorer this season, will have to be on target for his side since his team recorded 1-1 draw at Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers, on January 4.
“Sergio is working normally with the whole squad and he is in the squad list,” Pellegrini said.
Manchester City have won seven of their eight matches and drawn one in the absence of Aguero. Nonetheless, Pellegrini claims Aguero was thoroughly missed despite Manchester City’s brilliant form.
“It doesn’t matter that we are scoring a lot of goals,” Pellegrini added. “Sergio will always be an important player. We are very happy he is coming back.”
Toure, who appeared to be lethargic in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United, has been allowed to rest in order to recover from exhaustion and small injuries. The Chilean explained that the main reason behind benching Toure and Silva was for them to be ready and in good shape for the big games.
“Yaya has played for the last two weeks with a problem in his back so it is a risk to continue doing that,” Pellegrini explained. “It is better for him to rest for two or three days. David Silva also has a problem. I hope they will be fit for Saturday.”
James Milner is expected to fill in the role of Samir Nasri in the midfield after the France international picked up a knee injury against Newcastle United in a tackle from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. It is believed that Nasri will miss eight weeks of action.
“He [Nasri] was also playing in a very good moment so we hope he can come back as soon as possible but I think less than six or seven weeks will be difficult,” Pellegrini added.