Sergio Aguero Ready for Manchester City's Match with Newcastle

Rob Pollard@@RobPollard_Featured ColumnistAugust 16, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 23: Sergio Aguero #16 of Manchester City takes a shot on goal against the Chelsea during a friendly match at Busch Stadium on May 23, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Sergio Aguero could be fit enough to start Monday night’s match against Newcastle at the Etihad.

The striker hasn’t played since a postseason-tour match against Chelsea in the United States in May, but City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed in his pregame press conference on Friday that Aguero has been training with the squad for 10 days.

"He is fine, no problem," Pellegrini said. "He has worked with us normally for the last 10 days so he is not a problem."

There was more good news on the injury front as Serbian defender Matija Nastasic, who was originally thought to be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, has resumed light training already.

"He is not ready for the next match," the manager said, "but next week he will work normally with the whole squad."

Asked how he felt preseason had gone, the Chilean seemed more than happy with his team’s preparations.

"Absolutely ready. We made a very good preseason. We had 40 days with all the players knowing each other more, and I think we’re in very good shape. We had a programme for the whole preseason, and each week made all the work we needed.

"We played seven friendly matches with different starting 11s so most of them had a very similar average of minutes. We have a full squad to choose from for Newcastle.

"I’m very pleased. I think we have the squad we need for the year, not only for the Premier League but also the Champions League."

Pellegrini was also asked about Joe Hart after his error playing for England against Scotland on Wednesday night, but the manager voiced confidence in his goalkeeper’s ability.

"I haven’t spoken with him, maybe tomorrow, but I think Joe Hart has to demonstrate why he is the best goalkeeper in England every week he plays,’ said Pellegrini.

"He is a very important goalkeeper, I have a lot of trust in him. Everyone can make an error but I have a lot of trust in him and I am sure he will again this year show why is the No. 1 in England."

There's much debate about who will start in City's attack with so many options available to the new manager, but Pellegrini played his cards close to his chest.

"We have different players and another striker in Alvaro Negredo. We tried to complete what we thought we need for the whole year.

"We have four important strikers, that is why they are here in this squad but we have them for the whole season. I don’t worry who plays tomorrow or next Sunday. We have four strikers because I think we need four strikers. We will see who is the best for each match."

Pellegrini was also keen to stress the fact that he has been an avid watcher of Premier League matches during his time in Spain, making sure he saw live games “every weekend."

It was a confident start from the new manager here at City's Carrington headquarters.


All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.


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