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Aguero close to Man City return

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring
Sergio Aguero will hope to reclaim the red-hot form he had before his injury.
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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has given manager Manuel Pellegrini a boost with news he is hoping to return to training next week.

The Argentina international has been out of action since the end of January after he suffered a hamstring injury. Aguero has scored 26 goals in 25 appearances for City this season, and his presence was missed in the midweek UEFA Champions League clash against Barcelona.

Should Aguero return to training on schedule, the 25-year-old is likely to be included in the squad for the Capital One Cup final against Sunderland on 2 March.

"Feeling very good about my last week of recovery work," Aguero said on a social network site. "If I keep it up next week I'll train with the team."

City require a remarkable turnaround at the Nou Camp next month to reach the quarter-finals after the Spaniards claimed a controversial 2-0 win at the Etihad on Tuesday. The game pivoted on the dismissal of Martin Demichelis shortly after half-time, and the penalty that Lionel Messi subsequently scored, with Dani Alves making the task tougher still with a late second.

Pellegrini said: "We are going to try, of course we will try. We are going to play at Camp Nou and we did it against Bayern Munich also after losing at home (in the group stage). But of course the second goal came at a difficult moment because the match was ending, it was finished. We will see what we can do."

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