By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Vincent Kompany and David Silva have been ruled out of Manchester City’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool by Manuel Pellegrini.
But Sergio Aguero is ready for his first action in six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury on international duty with Argentina.
Speaking at his weekly media briefing early on Friday afternoon, Pellegrini welcomed back Aguero but ruled out key pair Kompany and Silva, as well as Wilfried Bony and long-term absentee Samir Nasri.
“Sergio is fit – he’s ready to come back,” Pellegrini explained. “David continues with some small sprain in his ankle so it’s a risk for him to play.
“Unfortunately Samir Nasri is also injured. Bony and Vincent Kompany are also injured and will miss this game against Liverpool.”
Aguero’s return is a boost for City, especially in the absence of Bony, who is the only other senior striker at the club.
Bony injured his hamstring in the Premier League club’s goal-less draw against Aston Villa before the international break.
Pellegrini added: “One of the merits of this team is not just to depend on one player but of course our team is better with Sergio.”
Silva’s absence will be a boost to Liverpool, as the Spaniard has an excellent record against the Merseysiders and also began the season in sensational form before he sustained his ankle problem.