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The Manchester City star aims to be back in training by next week and could line up against Sunderland at Wembley, but Saturday's visit of Stoke City will come too soon

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is confident he will be fit to face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup on March 2.

The striker has been missing since the end of January with a hamstring injury sustained against Tottenham and the club have slipped to third in the Premier League table following dropped points against Chelsea and Norwich City.

But Aguero feels his return to first-team action is imminent, tweeting: "Feeling very good about my last week of recovery work. If I keep it up next week I'll train with the team!"

Although Saturday's visit of Stoke City comes to soon for the Argentine, City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be boosted by the return of Aguero, who has already scored 26 goals this season.

Goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves saw Barcelona run out 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg, leaving the club with an uphill task to reach the quarter-finals.

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