Sergio Aguero in fitness battle

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has stated that he is on the verge of returning to action, and could be fit to play against Arsenal this weekend.

The Argentina international has been on the sidelines with an ankle injury, with a number of claims that he had fallen off a motorbike or down the stairs of the team bus to pick up the ailment.

However, Aguero rejects these reports as completely false, and is hoping to face Arsene Wenger’s men on Sunday.

“During the match against Chelsea, I injured my ankle and it was sprayed with a topical anaesthetic that caused a burn on the upper part of my right foot,” he told the club’s official website.

“The injury worsened after a few days and when boils appeared I was told I wouldn’t play against Stoke and then against Sunderland.

“You can imagine how I felt, being out of playing condition when my team is trying to take the championship. It’s always worse from the bench.

“After that I started receiving incredible rumours about how it all happened.

“I know my life is very public and I’m willing to take criticism even if I disagree with it. But I will not sit quietly while lies are being spread – even more so if they cast doubt upon my professionalism.

“This is a simple injury and not a plot of intrigue,” he confided.

By Gareth McKnight