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Manchester City's Aguero in contention for Stoke clash
October 13, 2017 / 5:35 PM / 10 days ago

Manchester City's Aguero in contention for Stoke clash

(Reuters) - Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could be a surprise inclusion in their squad to face Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday two weeks after breaking a rib in a car crash in Amsterdam, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - September 26, 2017 Manchester City's Sergio Aguero Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/Files

The 29-year-old missed City’s 1-0 win over champions Chelsea and both of Argentina’s recent World Cup qualifiers but has returned to training with the Manchester club’s first team.

Guardiola said Aguero, who has scored six goals in six league games this season, was not fully fit yet but the coach added that he was happy with the striker’s progress.

”He did his first training session after what happened,“ Guardiola told a news conference on Friday. ”He did it quite well. Hopefully, as soon as possible he will be back.

”Maybe (he can play against Stoke). Today, in the last training session, we are going to see. He is not 100 percent but he recovered quite well.

View of damaged car believed to have carried Manchester City's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero after a road accident in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 28, 2017. KaWijko Media/Handout via REUTERS/Files

“We will see. We are happy he is back in training.”

View of damaged car believed to have carried Manchester City's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero after a road accident in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 28, 2017. KaWijko Media/Handout via REUTERS/Files

“Back to training. I am ready!” Aguero said on his verified Twitter account, alongside pictures of him and his team mates in action during Thursday’s session.

City will be without skipper Vincent Kompany, who is still recovering from a calf injury picked up playing for Belgium in August.

“He is much, much better but still injured,” Guardiola added. “Hopefully, it is the last part. It depends on him when he will come back. He will notify us.”

Premier League leaders City, with six wins and a draw, are looking to extend their unbeaten run, while visitors Stoke are 13th with eight points from seven games.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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