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Aguero: This is no time for moping

SERGIO Aguero has vowed Manchester City will never give up the fight for the Premier League title.

Aguero missed the draws against Stoke and Sunderland which have seen City fall five points behind Manchester United with just seven matches of the campaign remaining.

The derby encounter at the Etihad Stadium on April 30, which for so long has looked like a title decider, is now going to be must-win at best for the Blues.

But no matter how poor the odds, Aguero insists City will not throw in the towel.

"This is no time for moping," he said.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again - we are going to fight until the end.

"That's our collective goal and I'm fully committed to it."

Aguero's recent absence has been particularly poorly timed.


Of manager Roberto Mancini's other striking options, Edin Dzeko is presently in a poor run of form, Mario Balotelli's increasingly erratic behaviour is casting a shadow over the club and Carlos Tevez has not appeared fully fit since returning to the fold.

Exactly how City's £38million record signing ended up being sidelined has been a matter of debate since Mancini revealed a week ago that Aguero had been ruled out with a "stupid" injury.

Now, as he closes on full fitness ahead of Sunday's trip to Arsenal, Aguero has decided to set the record straight.

"During the match against Chelsea, I injured my ankle and it was sprayed with a topical anaesthetic that caused a burn on the upper part of my right foot," he said.


"The injury worsened after a few days and when boils appeared I was told I wouldn't play against Stoke and then against Sunderland.

"You can imagine how I felt, being out of playing condition when my team is trying to take the championship.

"It's always worse from the bench.

"After that I started receiving incredible rumours about how it all happened.

"I know my life is very public and I'm willing to take criticism even if I disagree with it, but I will not sit quietly while lies are being spread - even more so if they cast doubt upon my professionalism.

"This is a simple injury and not a plot of intrigue.

"It's hard to believe it happened while we are fighting for the title," he said of his injury.

"This is the real status of my injury. I got back from practice today and it's not bothering me.

"If it all goes well, I'll be at the coach's disposal next Sunday."