The manager wants the striker to return after Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernando, who hit the bar, blew three golden chances in the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Sunday. Wilfried Bony also limped off with a hamstring injury in the first half to add to City’s attacking woes as they drew a blank for just the second time this season. Manuel Pellegrini hopes Sergio Aguero will return for Manchester City next week after his misfiring side dropped crucial points at Aston Villa. Press Association “It’s important to rest, we can have nothing to do with the game of Arsenal, if they drop points it’s better but if not I don’t think the title will be finished with this match,” he added. The point ended a run of seven straight defeats for Villa but they remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League, five points from safety, after Remi Garde’s first game in charge. They have won just once this season – on the opening day – but Garde was pleased with the result, despite admitting Villa got lucky. He said: “We have been a bit lucky because they touched the bar, we didn’t create so many chances, I know that. City were full of confidence, they were brilliant in Sevilla so it’s a good point to work on. “I was not frustrated not to get the three points. I am realistic, we were only threatening sometimes but it’s quite a good start. “We have to believe we can be safe. It will be a tough mission even if we have one more point today. Let’s see what happens. “You have to be lucky but you have to work hard, luck is not coming knocking on your door and saying ‘look, I’m here’. You create that, the behaviour you need to get lucky. It would have been very disappointing for us not to get a point if they had scored.” Aguero has been out for seven games with a hamstring injury but Pellegrini confirmed he is close to a comeback. “I hope Sergio, Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta will do their last work with the physio and next Monday will start working with the squad ,” he said. “We will see in the way he (Aguero) improves this week but I think he can be (fit after the international break). It will be easier for us to have a striker. “Bony has a hamstring injury and we will see on Monday how long he will be. Maybe he must go (with the Ivory Coast) because the doctor of his country must review him but I don’t think he will be playing.” But, despite the stalemate, Pellegrini refused to blame his wasteful side, including De Bruyne after his flicked backheel was scuffed wide from just four yards. He said: “Those are the decisions the players have in one second and he decides it’s the way to finish. It is difficult to tell him he has to do it another way. “I don’t have anything to complain to our team (about). They played very well. We were very unlucky with three or four clear options we had. Sometimes these things happen in football.” The result moved City a point ahead of title rivals Arsenal, who kicked off against Tottenham after City’s draw, a nd Pellegrini insisted he would not watch the game.
Tag: 夜上海论坛RN Defending champ Shamim Khan dominates round 3
A CORRESPONDENTDIGBOI : Delhi’s Shamim Khan strengthened his claims for a title defence at the IndianOil Servo Masters Golf 2018 after he fired the tournament’s best round of seven-under-65 on day three that catapulted him into a commanding four-shot lead at 11-under-205 at the Digboi Golf Links.Kolkata’s Mohammad Sanju, the halfway leader by four shots, dropped to tied second at seven-under-209 after posting a score of 76 on Friday. Sanju was joined by Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta (72) and Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (69) in tied second.Shamim Khan (70-70-65), who was seven shots off the lead in tied fourth at the halfway stage, had a sedate front-nine on Friday as he exchanged two birdies for a bogey. The 40-year-old reigning PGTI Order of Merit champion then began turning on the heat on the back-nine as his putter was on fire.Khan, a two-time champion in Digboi and the current holder of the trophy, picked up a birdie on the 11th and followed that up with an astonishing streak of five successive birdies from the 13th to the 17th to emerge as the prime contender for the title.Meanwhile, Mohammad Sanju, the leader for the first two days, slipped one spot to tied second after signing for a 76. He was one-under through the front-nine but then conceded five bogeys on the back-nine as a result of a number of missed putts from short range. Harendra Gupta too missed a lot of opportunities on the greens during his round of 72 that featured three birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey. Gupta, sole second after round two, is now tied for second. Gaurav Pratap Singh moved up two places to tied second thanks to a round of 69 which saw him make six birdies and three bogeys. Om Prakash Chouhan (70) of Mhow was in fifth place at six-under-210. Also Read: Sports News