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Aguero recovering after surgery on his knee

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is recovering from an arthroscopy on his knee.

Aguero missed Saturday night's win at Tottenham after suffering an injury setback, but manager Pep Guardiola said last week he remained hopeful the 29-year-old would be available for the "last games" of the season.

No timescale for his recovery has been given but, with City already crowned Premier League champions, the World Cup will be his main target.

Aguero has not started a game since City's victory over Chelsea on March 4, although he was an unused substitute against Basel on March 7.

Following his lay-off he returned to action as a late substitute in the derby defeat to Manchester United on April 7, when he was hurt in a controversial challenge from Ashley Young that went unpunished.

After that he was unable to train fully in the build-up to the second leg of City's Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on April 10. Again, he was only able to appear as a second-half substitute.

Guardiola said: "I don't know (when he will be fit). We cannot forget he was two months injured.

"He made a huge effort, because after the action from Ashley Young against United, with problems in the knee, he could not train. Afterwards he could not run.

"I don't know if he will be ready for Swansea (on April 22). Hopefully (he will be back) for the last games, if we need him, and especially for the World Cup."

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Alonso charged by FA for violent conduct

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Chelsea's Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The left wing-back appeared to stand on the back of Southampton striker Shane Long's leg during their Premier League game on Saturday, but the incident went unpunished by referee Mike Dean.

However, the FA has since reviewed footage and now sanctioned the Spaniard, who has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond.

Alonso is facing a three-match ban if he accepts the charge which would rule him out of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with the Saints and Premier League games with Burnley on Thursday and Swansea a week on Saturday.

An FA statement read: "Chelsea's Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Southampton's Shane Long.

"It happened in the 43rd minute of Saturday's game [14/04/18] and was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"He has until 6pm on Wednesday [18/04/18] to respond to the charge.

"Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time are referred by The FA to a panel of three former elite match officials.

Carroll insists West Ham are not safe yet

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Andy Carroll admitted the point he snatched for West Ham against Stoke could be vital but insisted: "We're not safe yet".

Fit-again striker Carroll climbed off the bench to volley a last-minute equaliser on his first appearance since the turn of the year.

A 1-1 draw left the Hammers seven points above the Premier League drop zone with five games left and, crucially, kept Stoke in the bottom three.

"I thought we played well throughout," said Carroll. "We took points off them, and it's a point for us, so it was a good result in the end.

"We've still got five games left and we've got to win them as no one is safe. It's tough at the minute and we've just got to keep working."

In the week following Pep Guardiola's Manchester City slickers being confirmed as champions it was something of a throwback to see two old-fashioned targetmen, Carroll and Peter Crouch, on target at the London Stadium.

Crouch, also a substitute, pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Joe Hart - in front of England manager Gareth Southgate - to prod Stoke ahead with 11 minutes remaining.

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