News, views and rumours relating to Manchester City in the past 24 hours.
Manchester City have been drawn against West Ham in the Capital One Cup semi-finals next month after the Hammers beat Tottenham 2-1 in Wednesday night’s quarterfinal.
Should City progress to the final they could face Manchester United in the final at Wembley making for a scintillating derby prospect if the Red Devils can progress past Sunderland.
In team news, City are ‘relieved’ over Sergio Aguero’s calf injury suffered in Saturday’s 6-3 win over Arsenal. The Argentine forward and City’s top scorer this term is expected to be back in January – much sooner than feared.
Blues striker Edin Dzeko admitted Aguero’s absence is ‘very bad’ for the team whilst he hopes he can fill the void left by his teammate up front in the meantime.
"Sergio has had an amazing season, scoring a lot of goals, and he is an important player for us,” said Dzeko.
"That's life, and now we have to try to play games without him, and try to win. This is very bad for the team but there are a lot of players who want to play.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been charged by the FA for his offensive gesture at City fans at the Etihad on Saturday and now faces a two-match ban.
In transfer news, The Mirror reports that City and Arsenal have been ‘contacted’ by the agent of Iker Casillas who could be on his way out of the Bernabeu since the Spain captain is ‘worried’ about his place in the national team after falling out of favour at Real Madrid.
In other news, City captain Vincent Kompany hailed the bravery of the youngsters at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where the Blues visited staff and patients to spread the Christmas cheer.
“It was difficult most of the time but something you have to do and something that in the end you end up enjoying because those kids are wonderful,” he said.
“There is a different aspect to it now. I've done these visits since I was 17. I now have two kids of my own and I couldn't imagine being in the situation those parents are. I have nothing but respect for them.”
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