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Goal.com reveals how the Argentina striker picked up the knock that could keep him out for two weeks, while the Blues are also set to unleash the 'new Yaya Toure'

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REVEALED: HOW AGUERO SUSTAINED 'STUPID' INJURY

The Sweeper can reveal how Manchester City star Sergio Aguero sustained the injury that will keep him out of today’s clash with Sunderland - he fell down the steps of the team coach.

City boss Roberto Mancini described the foot problem as "stupid" on Friday as he ruled the Argentine striker out for up to two weeks, but the Italian refused to elaborate on the freak injury.

Aguero, who has scored 17 Premier League goals this season, sustained the injury as he hopped off the bus outside the Britannia Stadium ahead of City’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City on March 24.

He was due to start that game but ended up being left out of the 18-man matchday squad after stumbling down the steps and landing awkwardly on his foot.

It leaves City without their leading goalscorer with just eight games remaining this season as they battle with Manchester United for the title.

"It is a stupid injury," said Mancini on Friday. "It was not his fault but he can't play with this injury. For one day, 10 days or two weeks - I don't know."

Pushed on how the injury was sustained, he added: "I prefer not to say. But he couldn't play against Stoke and can't play tomorrow. I hope he can recover for Arsenal next weekend."

When contacted by The Sweeper, Manchester City declined to comment.

- Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent

CITY TO UNLEASH THE 'NEW YAYA TOURE' NEXT SEASON

While Manchester United attempt to persuade Paul Pogba to sign a new contract, their neighbours feel that they have a potential superstar of their own who they have kept under wraps.

Mohammed Abu, 20, is being hailed within the club as the 'new Yaya Toure' and is expected to join the first team for the club’s pre-season preparations in the summer.

The Ghanaian midfielder moved to City in August 2010 after being discovered in Africa and is now on loan at German side Eintracht Frankfurt after starring during a temporary spell at Norwegian club Stromsgodset last term.

The hype around Abu may explain why City were reluctant to join the race for Pogba a few months ago when the French teenager was being offered to major clubs by his representatives.

- Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent

CHANGE OF TOON: BEN ARFA BACK IN FAVOUR AT NEWCASTLE

With Hatem Ben Arfa turning heads with his impressive showings for Newcastle this season, the club look to have had a change in heart over his future.

The Toon's very own enfant terrible was set to be allowed to leave Tyneside this summer following a hit-and-miss start to the season but the mercurial French star has won everyone over, including boss Alan Pardew, with a string impressive performances.

"He wasn’t putting it in in training or out on the pitch so it was going to be a case of cutting losses at the end of the season but that looks as though it could have all changed now," a Toon source told The Sweeper.

"Everyone thought that he wouldn’t be able to take advantage of his first-team opportunities but he has done with some terrific performances. Everyone has warmed to him. It just shows how quickly things can change in football because this was unexpected. He has been a breath of fresh air. It’s just a matter of seeing if he can keep it up but it’s looking promising for Hatem."

- Rob Stewart | Correspondent

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