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Silva and Aguero remain doubts for City's trip to Spurs

ESPN staff
April 19, 2013
Sergio Aguero has been in fine form for Manchester City in recent weeks © Getty Images

Brian Kidd has told Manchester City to carry on fighting among themselves if it brings them more silverware, although he is unsure if David Silva and Sergio Aguero will be able to compete on the club's behalf this weekend.

Former City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is set to face his old club on Sunday when Tottenham host the defending champions, said his old team-mates can be beaten because they are prone to infighting.

Assistant manager Kidd believes Roberto Mancini has a squad of winners whose fighting spirit is a reason for their success.

"You have only got to look at the manager and the squad of players: they don't like losing," Kidd said. "Ade has not been around for the last couple of years and the boss has put silver on the sideboard in that time. So I hope they carry on fighting and arguing. If you want a fight and a confrontation, you can have it every day in a football club."

Adebayor joined City from Arsenal 2009 but was on loan at Real Madrid when they won the FA Cup in 2011 and at Tottenham when they became Premier League champions 12 months ago before completing a permanent move to White Hart Lane.

The Togolese striker was involved in an on-pitch argument with Vincent Kompany during a controversial spell at the Etihad Stadium and fell out with manager Mancini.

City's greater concern surrounds their injury list, with Silva unlikely to make the trip to White Hart Lane. The Spain international has missed their last two games with a hamstring injury while Aguero, who came off in Wednesday's win over Wigan with the same complaint, is a doubt.

"David has joined in with the group [in training], with a wee bit of possession and small-sided games but Sunday might be a bit too soon for him," Kidd said. "Today we will know more about Sergio with the hamstring. It was more fatigue than a tear or a strain."

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