Aguero: I’ll play through the pain against West Ham

The Argentine is working hard to be fit for Manchester City’s final match of the season and is not expecting an easy game despite the Hammers having nothing left to play for
Sergio Aguero has pledged to play through the pain during Manchester City's game against West Ham on Sunday if he is not 100 percent fit.

The Argentina international picked up a groin problem against Everton which ruled him out of City’s midweek clash with Aston Villa, a match the side won 4-0 in his absence to take control of the title race.

City’s healthy goal difference means a draw against the Hammers is likely to be enough to seal the title, and Aguero is eager to play a part at the Etihad Stadium.

“I feel good – I’m not 100 percent yet, but I should be by Sunday,” the 25-year-old told the club’s official website. “Even if I’m not, the emotion of the occasion and the desire of everyone will carry me through and I won’t notice any pain.”

Aguero is no stranger to final-day heroics, having scored the goal that clinched the title in 2011-12, though the former Atletico Madrid hitman suspects West Ham will pose a different test to QPR, which was fighting for survival two years ago.

“I think it’s going to be different, but that doesn’t for one moment mean it’s going to be easier,” he continued.

“That gave them an extra edge – West Ham obviously want to come to the Etihad and beat us, but they don’t have any pressure on them so that makes it a different game.

“We still have a similar pressure on us as last time because we need a win to guarantee the title.”