Manchester City star admits relief at striker return for run-in

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes the return from injury of striker Sergio Aguero could be the lift City need to win the title, as reported by talkSPORT.

Aguero has been out for a month with a hamstring injury, his second of the season, but is back in the squad for tomorrow’s mega clash with Liverpool.

City can close the gap on the leaders to one point if they can come out on top at Anfield and Manuel Pellegrini’s side still have two games in hand on their rivals.

Zabaleta is thankful that top scorer Aguero is back fit and believes his compatriot can be the catalyst in their title challenge.

“It’s a good time for him to come back,” Zabaleta said.

“I can see why people say it’s similar to Tevez returning – although it’s a different situation.

“Like with Carlos, it’s great for any team to have the best players back again – particularly at this part of the season. That’s the good news for us.

“He is an important player and he is going to score goals. He is fast, he is quick. Sometimes we need a player like Sergio.”

“Liverpool score a lot of goals – we know they have great players in front with (Luis) Suarez, (Raheem) Sterling, (Daniel) Sturridge. They are in a great, great moment.

“I think we must work really hard not to concede any goal. But we have defended well for a few weeks – not conceding many goals.”

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