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Aguero to return for Liverpool clash

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Sergio Aguero sustained a hamstring injury against Barcelona last month © Getty Images
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Sergio Aguero will sit out Manchester City's game against Southampton on Saturday, but is set to make his comeback against Liverpool the following weekend.

Aguero, who has scored 26 times this season, hurt his hamstring in City's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona on March 12, having previously spent three spells on the sidelines due to injuries.

The Argentina international has returned to training after recovering from the problem, although he is not match fit and will not even be on the bench for the visit of Mauricio Pochettino's side.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini told his pre-match news conference: "Sergio is okay. He doesn't have any problems with his injury. He works just now with the squad but he just started on Thursday so he needs more work to be 100% fit.

"For this week it is too soon for him to start playing because he has only trained for two days, but next week against Liverpool he will not have any problems."

In Aguero's absence, Pellegrini has three strikers available, with Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic all fit.

City are also without defender Matija Nastasic, who has not played since the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on February 3, due to a knee injury.

Pellegrini added: "Nastasic continues working in the gym with the physio."

The Chilean also played down suggestions that midfielder Samir Nasri is set to sign a new contract soon, saying: "We are just thinking about this match we have to play against Southampton. In this moment it is not the most important thing."

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