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Man City's Sergio Aguero. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Man City's Sergio Aguero. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Man City's Sergio Aguero. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

MANCHESTER CITY boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident Sergio Aguero will soon get back into his stride.

Aguero is poised to return to action for City after eight games out with a calf injury.

The Argentina striker had been City's outstanding player this term, having scored 19 goals, before breaking down in the 6-3 defeat of Arsenal on December 14.

The 25-year-old has now recovered and could be involved as City host Blackburn in an FA Cup third-round replay at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

Pellegrini said: "You never know but I hope that he will come back the same way as before he was injured.

"He was in a good moment and maybe he needs two or three games to return to that level but Sergio will do it."

City have actually fared well without Aguero, winning seven of those eight games played in his absence and drawing the other– against Blackburn at Ewood Park.

The forward line has continued to fire with Alvaro Negredo taking his tally to 19 to equal Aguero and Edin Dzeko moving on to 13.

Pellegrini said: "Negredo is doing very well and we have Edin Dzeko as well who is a very important striker for us.

GOALS

"When Sergio was injured Edin started to play often and he scores a lot of goals for us."

Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and David Silva will all be missing through injury and Pellegrini is likely to make other changes against Rovers.

But Pellegrini insists the competition remains high among the priorities for a team chasing glory on four fronts.

The Chilean said: "It's a very important cup because it's a very traditional cup, so the most important thing for this team is to have the mentality to try to win no matter what competition you are playing."

Winning the quadruple would be a unique achievement but it is still an unlikely scenario and, although that might be a dream, Pellegrini is not thinking about it.

He said: "It's important to have the mentality at least to try.

"During the season with injuries and the amount games we have to play it's very difficult, and that's why no-one's done it before."

Meanwhile, Pellegrini is surprised by the controversy still surrounding his side's win at Newcastle on Sunday.

CONTROVERSY

City left St James' Park with a 2-0 Premier League success but the story might have been different had Cheick Tiote not seen a goal contentiously ruled out for an offside against Yoan Gouffran.

For Pellegrini there was no doubt Gouffran was offside: "I am surprised that someone can say that was not an offside, that's incredible."

Of far more concern to Pellegrini was the serious knee injury suffered by playmaker Samir Nasri in the same game.

In a second controversial decision of the afternoon, Jones only showed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa a yellow card.

Pellegrini said: "I said after the game it was an unfair kick and he didn't need to do it.

"The referee made a mistake and nothing happened. It was a pity for Samir."


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