Soccer - English FA CupWednesday, January 15, 2014
Agüero back from injury for Man City
MANCHESTER, England — Argentina striker Sergio Agüero will return from a month out with a calf injury in Manchester City’s third-round replay against Blackburn in the FA Cup today.
Agüero, who last played on December 14, was training as normal and was in the squad for the match at Etihad Stadium, City manager Manuel Pellegrini said yesterday.
City has won seven of its eight games during the absence of Agüero, who has 19 goals this season.
Elsewhere, non-league Kidderminster will take on Premier League struggler Sunderland in the FA Cup fourth round after beating Peterborough 3-2 yesterday, while Fulham advanced with a 3-0 defeat of Norwich.
Fifth-tier Kidderminster, which shares the FA Cup record for a non-league team after reaching as far as the fifth round in 1994, came from behind after Tommy Rowe opened the scoring for the League One club on a night of replays.
Goals from Michael Gash and Jack Byrne within the space of five minutes after the restart put Kidderminster in front and Joe Lolley sealed victory after Britt Assombalonga had leveled for the hosts. The sides drew 0-0 earlier this month.
After a poor run of league form that has left it 16th in the standings, Fulham returned to winning ways courtesy of goals from Darren Bent, Ashkan Dejagah and Steve Sidwell in the only all-Premier League replay. Their earlier tie had finished 1-1. Fulham will next travel to League One side Sheffield United.
New coach Rene Meulensteen praised Fulham’s defensive efforts and was particularly pleased by the clean sheet. “We know it’s an area we need to work address,” he said. ‘We work ever so hard at it and made it one of our main targets today to make sure we were more solid, maybe a little less adventurous, to make sure we shut up shop.”
Wigan, which was relegated from the Premier League after winning the cup last May, was 1-0 down until the 79th minute against MK Dons — before an equalizer from Nick Powell paved the way for a 3-1 win after extra time. Luke Chadwick put the Dons ahead after 10 minutes before Powell grabbed the equalizer for the holders from Chris McCann’s cross. He scored again in extra time and Marc-Antoine Fortune added the third.
Fifth-tier Macclesfield, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, had its run abruptly ended by Sheffield Wednesday in a 4-1 defeat at Hillsborough.