London: Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who scored the goal that won them the league in 2012, will be fit for Sunday’s Premier League title decider against West Ham United, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday.
Argentine Aguero missed the 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday, which put City two points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table with one match remaining.
The striker has bagged 17 league goals in an injury-hit season, and had looked a doubt for the finale after limping off in the 3-2 victory over Everton last weekend with a groin problem.
Pellegrini, however, confirmed he had no injury concerns, including Aguero, who grabbed a stoppage-time goal against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 which handed his team the Premier League trophy and sent the Etihad Stadium into raptures.
“The whole squad is fit,” Pellegrini told a news conference.
“It is very important because for a manager if you have your whole squad and can choose between all your players it is the most important thing.”
The phenomenal strength of City’s squad ensured Aguero was not missed in the thrashing of Aston Villa, with Edin Dzeko scoring twice to take his league tally for the season to 16.
With big-money signings Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo waiting patiently in the wings, the embarrassment of riches at Pellegrini’s disposal should ensure they have enough firepower to comfortably see off West Ham and avoid the nerve-shredding tension of 2012.
“It was very important at the beginning of the season to have a good squad: More than a team, a squad,” Pellegrini added.
“At this moment, Dzeko is in a very high level of performance and he is doing very well. In other moments it was Alvaro Negredo or Aguero (who were scoring). So I think all the players are involved.”