Roberto Mancini confirmed Sergio Aguero would make his Man City debut in the Charity Shield clash against rivals Man Utd this weekend, although it will come from the substitutes bench, AFP report.
The Argentinean striker has yet to play since his £38m move and suffered an injury scare in his first training session with the club, but Mancini said he is ready to ease him into action.
“Sergio is ok. He had a problem, but yesterday (Thursday) he did 20 minutes training,” he added.
“Today he will train and he will be available for the bench. I don’t think he’s 100 percent ready but he’s fit to be on the bench.”
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Bolton track SWP.
Bolton are stepping up their bid to bring Shaun Wright-Phillips to the Reebok Stadium, the Mail Online report.
Wright-Phillips has been on Owen Coyle’s radar all summer and in light of Lee Chung-yong’s recent leg break – which will rule him out for nine months – the Trotter’s manager is ready to get proactive.
Coyle confirmed his admiration for the ex-Chelsea winger: “I have too much respect for [City manager] Roberto Mancini and his staff to talk about their player. But Shaun is a hugely talented player.”
One obstacle which maybe prevents any such move is Wright-Phillips’ wage demands, but Bolton hope he is at an age where the offer of first team football comes first.
Robinho understands Balo unrest.
Ex-Man City striker Robinho says he is unsurprised by Mario Balotelli’s Manchester unrest, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazilian forward – who also struggled to adapt to life in Manchester upon his arrival in 2008 – says he has sympathy with the Italian striker.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said. “He’s not the first one to have difficulty in that city. I don’t know if he will decide to stay or go, but I admit that I understand him. You don’t live well in Manchester.”
Following his much-publicised ‘back heel’ against LA Galaxy, Balotelli admitted he was struggling with life off the field in the north of England.
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