SportsMole: Aguero fit to face Netherlands
- 07 July 2014 07:46
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
As the clock ticks down to the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, what City-related stories are making the headlines this morning?
Well, there's certainly some good news to spread with suggestions Sergio Aguero has been declared fit to feature in Argentina's semi-final against the Netherlands.
According to Danielle Joynson of SportsMole: "The Manchester City forward was absent from his nation's last two tournament fixtures due to injury, but is expected to rejoin the squad for Wednesday's clash after returning to training."
The Daily Mail also believe this to be true, as Charlie Scott states: "On the evidence of Sunday’s afternoon training session at their camp in Belo Horizonte, the speedy forward should at least make the substitutes bench."
To back this story up, Argentina's team doctor Daniel Martinez has been quoted in both articles, declaring: "Sergio has practised three times. He's ready to play."
Its caption reads: "During the happy scenes, Man City’s striker put on a little dance for his teammates as his hopped, skipped and moved around the changing room with a big grin on his face."
So, without further ado, here it is:
(I can't stop watching it! Having to tear myself away from it to continue this media round-up was tough, believe me).
Moving on... and in other news, after yesterday's papers focused on Vincent Kompany's pride and appreciation of his young Belgium squad, today's headlines claim the City skipper is confident the Red Devils will return stronger in the next World Cup.
FourFourTwo report: "Big things were expected of Marc Wilmots' side during the tournament in Brazil with talent such as Eden Hazard, Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens at their disposal.
"Although they made it through to the last eight with a 100 per cent record, Belgium were not convincing and a Gonzalo Higuain goal on Saturday ended their World Cup adventure as Argentina won 1-0 at Brasilia's Estadio Nacional.
"Kompany took great heart from their showing in Brazil, though, and the Belgium captain is backing them to learn from their experience and kick on."
Quoted in the piece, the defender asserted: "First of all, four or five years ago we could have never dreamed of coming to the quarter-finals. It was just not an option.
"Although I do recall saying it already maybe seven or eight years ago, that we would have a good World Cup in 2014. But anyway it was just not on the cards.
"Then you look at this World Cup, we're a young team, we had a 19-year old striker [Divock Origi]. Our oldest striker was 21 [Romelu Lukaku].
"It was such a good learning curve for those young players, and I believe that when we come to the next World Cup, they will feel very calm and will feel in their element as if they belong here.
"That will be a big difference when we come to play those kind of games because maybe the little bit of doubt we might have had before the game - I don't think it was a lot - but maybe there might have been a little bit of doubt.
"I can guarantee you that in three or four years' time we'll go and take this game as if it were ours to win. And that's the experience you get from this competition and it's good."
Spoken like a true skipper.