Man City Handed Major Injury Boost Ahead Of Arsenal Clash But Key Duo Ruled Out
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed a major injury boost ahead of the Arsenal game but a key duo have been ruled out of making the trip to North London.
Manchester City will look to give their title chances a major boost when they head to the Capital on Monday night to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Ahead of the game, Manuel Pellegrini has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference today and he’s given Mcfc.co.uk a team news and injury update.
The City boss was delighted to confirm that Sergio Aguero is set to return to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury that’s kept him out for the past few weeks.
The Argentinean striker has been training normally this week but City will assess his fitness over the weekend to see if he’s ready to start against the Gunners or only be deemed fit enough for a place on the bench.
However, it wasn’t all positive news as Pellegrini also revealed that Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of the trip to North London as he continues to nurse a calf strain.
The skipper is on course to return to full training next week but the Arsenal game comes too soon so he’ll remain on the sidelines along with Samir Nasri and Fernando.
In a double blow, Pablo Zabaleta has also been ruled out of making the trip to London on Monday night but the right-back could resume training next week after recovering from a knee injury.
Here is what Pellegrini told the clubs website:
“Pablo Zabaleta continues without working – I hope next week he’ll start again.
“Vincent Kompany, Fernando and Nasri are also out.
“Kun is working with the squad without problems. We’ll asses him to see if he’s 100% to start the game but I think he’ll be in the squad on Monday.
“Vincent is improving. I hope next week he’ll start working with the squad.”
Obviously City will be disappointed to be without the likes of Kompany and Zabaleta but it will be a major boost for Pellegrini to be able to call upon the services of Aguero for such a vital match.
City head to the Emirates sitting just a single point behind Arsenal and three adrift of leaders Leicester so the Citizens will be desperate to give their title push a boost with all three points on Monday.
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