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Aguero out of FA Cup tie, Rodwell sidelined again

ESPN staff
March 4, 2013
Jack Rodwell limped off in the first half of Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Aston Villa © Getty Images

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Roberto Mancini has revealed Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City's FA Cup quarter-final at home to Barnsley on Saturday, while Jack Rodwell faces up to a month on the sidelines.

Aguero was absent from City's 1-0 Premier League win at Aston Villa, with Carlos Tevez selected to lead the line in his compatriot's absence. Tevez netted the game's only goal in the first half.

Mancini said Aguero had a problem with his knee, revealing he is definitely out of the weekend's FA Cup tie. He may, however, return for City's following game away at Everton.

"Aguero fell on his knee early on in training yesterday. If possible we want him to play against Everton [but he will not be ready for Barnsley in the FA Cup]," the Italian said.

Rodwell, meanwhile, limped off in the first half of Monday's victory after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring problem. Mancini said he expected to lose Rodwell for "three to four weeks" and had nothing but sympathy for the former Everton man, whose time at City has been severely restricted by fitness issues.

"We are very sorry for Jack, he is unlucky," the City boss said. "It's a hamstring injury. Maybe after the international break [he will be back].

"He's a good player. He's young and needs to improve but he played very well against Chelsea and was playing well tonight."

Mancini remained defiant about City's chances of overturning Manchester United at the top of the Premier League after cutting their lead to 12 points. He was happy with the performance his side put in to grind out victory at Villa and called on his players to keep fighting right to the end of the season.

"We did a good performance and it was difficult," Mancini told Sky Sports. "For us it was important to stay 12 behind United, with 10 games left you never say never. Keep on winning and you never know, this is football.

"Last year nobody thought it was possible but 12 points in 10 games... if they lose four..."

City were solid at the back, rarely looking like conceding, something all the more impressive considering the absence of captain Vincent Kompany.

"We are playing well and didn't concede a lot of chances," Mancini added. "For me, Aston Villa are a good team and it is strange they're at the bottom."

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