City duo back in fortnight

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects Sergio Aguero

and Vincent Kompany to return from injury in time to face Newcastle

on March 30.

Aguero suffered a knee injury in training before City’s 1-0

victory over Aston Villa and has not featured for the Premier

League club since they defeated Chelsea at home on February 24.

News that the 24-year-old’s recovery is progressing well will

come as a boost to manager Roberto Mancini and City fans with the

champions currently languishing 12 points behind Premier League

leaders Manchester United going into Saturday’s trip to

Everton.

Captain Kompany has been out since January after sustaining a

calf problem in the FA Cup fourth round victory at Stoke and

Mancini said on Friday: “Sergio is in Argentina but he will come

back on Sunday.

“Vincent is not in our plans for tomorrow. But I think he will

be ready for the Newcastle game, like Sergio.”

Mancini, sporting a red nose in recognition of Red Nose Day,

accepted Kompany’s injury has proved rather more serious than

initially believed.

“It is difficult,” added Mancini. “Vinny is a really important

player for us and now it is 45 days he has been out. It is a big

problem.”

On this weekend’s trip to Everton the Italian said: “Every game

against Everton is very hard. They are a top team who always play

at 200 per cent. They have good players and a good manager.”

City overhauled an eight-point deficit last season to pip their

fiercest rivals to the Premier League trophy.