first_imgArgentina star Sergio Aguero is hoping to return for Manchester City in their Barclays Premier League clash against Liverpool tomorrow.The prolific striker has missed City’s last seven games after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty.A comeback for the 27-year-old – who scored five goals against Newcastle on his last City appearance – would be timely with fellow forward Wilfried Bony doubtful with a hamstring problem.Aguero told the club’s website: “I do hope I can play in this game. I’m doing everything in my power to get to the match in top condition. It’s been a frustrating time.”Ivory Coast international Bony was sidelined during the recent international break after being forced off early during City’s goalless draw at Aston Villa on November 8.Playmaker David Silva could also be nearing a return after a seven-game absence with a knee injury but Samir Nasri looks set to be out until February with a hamstring problem.Saturday’s encounter against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium will see City come up against their former midfielder James Milner, who left the club for Anfield in the summer.Aguero said: “He’s a great player, though it will be odd to see him wearing another team’s colours.”He is a true professional and I’m sure he’s going to come against us with everything he’s got.”It should be a great game. Jurgen Klopp has come in and he’s a great addition to the Premier League.”last_img read more

first_img1 Manchester United entertain Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in a pivotal Premier League clash that could go someway to deciding who finishes in the top four and qualifies for the Champions League.Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup has cranked up the pressure on boss Louis van Gaal with a majority of United’s fans frustrated at the quality of football at Old Trafford.The Red Devils will be without the suspended Angel Di Maria for the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, with Adnan Januzaj expected to come in, while van Gaal also has a number of other issues to address including who to drop for the return of Michael Carrick.Jonny Evans is also suspended after he was handed a six-match ban for spitting at Papiss Cisse, while van Gaal has injury concerns over Robin van Persie, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young.Will Radamel Falcao feature from the start and will van Gaal persist with Marouane Fellaini behind the striker? talkSPORT takes a look…Here’s how Man United could line up against Spurs:GoalkeeperDavid De Gea is well on his way to being United’s best player for the second season running, and had it not been for the brilliance of the Spaniard on Monday, the scoreline against Arsenal could have been more damaging.DefenceEvans’ ban should see Chris Smalling partner Marcos Rojo once again and with Shaw an injury doubt, Daley Blind could revert to left-back to accommodate the returning Carrick in midfield.Antonio Valencia is a favourite of van Gaal but the Ecuadorian was a fault for both Arsenal goals and Rafael could make his first-team return after starring for United’s U21s on Tuesday against Spurs, including a sublime 30-yard lob.MidfieldDi Maria will miss the game after he was sent off against Arsenal on Monday. His second yellow for grabbing referee Michael Oliver’s shirt means he’ll serve a one-match ban and won’t be available until the trip to Anfield on March 22.That could see Belgian international Adnan Januzaj replace the Argentine, and the 20-year-old has worked his way into van Gaal’s thinking in recent weeks.Carrick’s return will help to add control to United’s midfield, and that could pave the way for Juan Mata to return, although Fellaini is firmly in the manager’s first-team picture at the moment, and Mata has not started in the Premier League since the victory over Queens Park Rangers match January 17.AttackVan Persie is expected to miss both Sunday’s game and the trip to Liverpool next week. That will likely see captain Wayne Rooney continue up front on his own with Falcao once again on the bench.The Colombian was an unused sub on Monday and then dropped to United’s U21s on Tuesday playing 72 minutes against Spurs and it seems increasingly clear that the Monaco loanee won’t be at Old Trafford beyond this season as he struggles with fitness and the rigours of the Premier League.Man United fans, how do you think you’ll line up against Spurs? Comment below… v=Manchester United entertain Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in a pivotal Premier League clash that could go someway to deciding who finishes in the top four and qualifies for the Champions League. last_img read more

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAssembly Transportation Committee Chairwoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson, said she wants to see how the 405 project proceeds before authorizing it on a wider basis, or at least would like to see the issue resolved through discussions between the governor and legislative leaders. “Rather than go wholesale on a new way to do it statewide, this committee has felt it was prudent to do pilots and then evaluate those pilots,” Oropeza said. The bill looked likely to be shot down in committee, so Oropeza offered author Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Sacramento, the chance to request postponing the vote. Niello, saying he’d “rather be unconscious than dead,” agreed to the delay. (916) 446-6723 SACRAMENTO – Legislators debated Monday allowing the controversial design-build process to be used on all state highway projects, but ultimately held off on a key committee vote rather than put it to a likely defeat. The method has already been authorized for a northbound car-pool lane on the San Diego Freeway, but many Democrats and engineers have resisted calls by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Republican lawmakers to use it on a wider basis. Traditionally, projects are designed by state Department of Transportation engineers, then turned over to a private firm for construction. Under design-build, the same private contractor oversees a project from blueprint to completion. Supporters believe that the method results in faster, less-expensive projects, but opponents – particularly Caltrans engineers – say it has caused cost overruns and other problems. last_img read more