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Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

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Aguero: Groin injury

Aguero: Groin injury

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City striker Sergio Aguero will not be risked against Villa.

The Argentina forward is close to fitness after a groin injury but is likely to be left out with Tuesday's Champions League game against Villarreal in mind.

Fellow forward Mario Balotelli has overcome a back problem while Owen Hargreaves could come into contention to make his league debut. Carlos Tevez, the subject of internal disciplinary proceedings, is highly unlikely to feature following his recent club suspension.

Villa's leading scorer Gabriel Agbonlahor is expected to be fit to face City.

Agbonlahor has been suffering with a back problem and was substituted during the 2-0 win over Wigan a fortnight ago, but has trained with no ill-effects this week.

Midfielders Stephen Ireland (foot) and Barry Bannan (Achilles) plus defender James Collins (foot) are also expected to be available, but striker Nathan Delfouneso (hamstring) and the on-loan Jermaine Jenas (Achilles) are ruled out.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Richards, Savic, Clichy, K Toure, Y Toure, Johnson, Silva, Barry, Nasri, De Jong, Hargreaves, Balotelli, Dzeko, Pantilimon.

Aston Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Warnock, Beye, Herd, Delph, Petrov, Ireland, Bannan, Albrighton, Gardner, Bent, Heskey, Agbonlahor, N'Zogbia.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham  
Southampton v West Brom  
Swansea v Burnley  
17:30
Everton v Arsenal  
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR  
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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