Sergio Aguero looks certain be part of Manchester City’s squad to face Arsenal on Monday.The Argentina international has been out since the end of November with a heel problem.But he returned to training this week and Manuel Pellegrini expects his star striker to be fit for the crucial clash with their title rivals.However, Vincent Kompany, Fernando, Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta will all miss out again for City.“Pablo Zabaleta continues without working. I hope next week he’ll start again,” said Pellegrini.“Vincent Kompany, Fernando and Nasri are also out. Kun is working with the squad without problems.“We’ll assess him to see if he’s 100% to start the game but I think he’ll be in the squad on Monday.“Vincent is improving. I hope next week he’ll start working with the squad.” 1 Sergio Aguero
Jack Cork in action for Burnley 1 Burnley midfielder Jack Cork has been called up to the England squad for the first time.The 28-year-old has been drafted in by manager Gareth Southgate for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.Southgate has turned to the former Swansea and Southampton man after Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Jordan Henderson became the latest withdrawals from his injury-hit squad.The Football Association said in a statement on Tuesday night: “The arrival of Cork means Gareth Southgate will continue his preparations at St. George’s Park with a 22-man squad.”Henderson had been due to arrive at St George’s Park later in the week after missing Liverpool’s win against West Ham with a thigh problem.City winger Sterling is out with a back complaint and Delph – looking for his first England cap since November 2015 – injured his calf towards the end of Sunday’s win against Arsenal.Alli, Kane and Winks have already pulled out with injury issues of their own, with Southgate bringing in Michael Keane and Jake Livermore in reaction to those absences.The only boost on the injury front has come in the shape of Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.The 31-year-old was assessed by his club’s medical team after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat of Manchester United and will take his place among Southgate’s 21-man group for training this afternoon.This is hardly the ideal scenario to be facing two of the world’s best sides, especially as England already approached this international break without several key players.Adam Lallana – England’s reigning player of the year – continues to be sidelined, where he is joined by the likes of Danny Welbeck, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Heaton and Ross Barkley.Southgate had plumped for a bold squad for the last matches of 2017, with Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Joe Gomez called up for the first time as Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chris Smalling were overlooked.Jermain Defoe, Aaron Cresswell, Fraser Forster and Livermore were others from the previous squad to not be involved in the initial 25-man group, although the latter was subsequently called up on Monday.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“\ told me they’re still looking for a concessionaire to run it, but I know of at least six people who turned in an application, including myself,” said Leal, who volunteered at the old track for 12 years before it closed in mid-2004. “I don’t care who runs it, I just want to see it open,” he added. Leal said part of the problem might be that the county is asking for 15 percent of the gross profits from the concession, an amount he says is untenable in a sport where profits typically barely cover operating costs. “This is not a money-making thing,” Leal said. Kaye Michelson, spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, said 15 percent of the gross from the concession “is something we can negotiate.” The major problem in reopening the facility is finding a qualified entity to run it, she said. “We decided to bring in an outside company with the experience,” she said. Questionnaires were sent by county officials to several candidates recommended by the American Bicycle Association BMX, the main sanctioning body for BMX racing in the country, Michelson said. WHITTIER NARROWS – For Roland Leal, the sport of bicycle motocross racing – also known as BMX – is a family affair. Three of Leal’s four children love the sport so much, they dream of participating in professional-level competitions. BMX racing is similar to motocross motorcycle racing but does not use motorized bikes and riders traverse only once around the track in each race. But the closing two years years ago of the nearest BMX track at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area has put a big dent in the Leals’ aspirations. Now the Whittier residents have to drive to the next nearest tracks, which are in Bellflower and Orange. Both, however, are open only intermittently. Leal, 52, said he doesn’t understand why the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation still has not reopened the Whittier Narrows BMX concession – two years after the county completed more than $1 million in improvements at the facility. Parks officials now are assessing two applicants who responded to the query. County officials hope to reopen the track by the beginning of next year, Michelson said. “Our goal is to have this beautiful, specialized facility, and we are very excited and looking forward to opening it back up to the community,” she said. But the track’s closure has affected some area bicycle shops that specialize in BMX equipment. Some shops sponsor BMX racing teams, whose members lost access to a racing surface where they could both practice and race when the Whittier Narrows track closed. Ron Patterson, manager of Pat’s 605 Cyclery in Norwalk, said the closing nearly “wiped out” the sport for kids in the area. Mike Franze, owner of Fullerton Bicycles in Fullerton, also found his business declined. “The more kids ride, the more they need repairs and equipment so it has affected my business,” Franze said. “But it also had an affect on the involvement of kids from the surrounding neighborhoods in BMX. Some customers and I have been trying to promote BMX as a way to combat obesity.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!