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Argentina's Aguero could return for Copa America

May 15, 2019 15:13 IST

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Sergio Kun Aguero at a training session

IMAGE: Sergio Kun Aguero at a training session. Photograph: Sergio Kun Aguero/Twitter

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will be part of Argentina's provisional squad for the Copa America, two sources from the country's soccer body told Reuters on Tuesday.

Aguero, who scored 21 Premier League goals in 33 appearances for Manchester City this season, has been in international exile since after last year's World Cup in Russia, when Argentina crashed out in the last 16.

 

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) will announce on Wednesday a squad of up to 40 players, before submitting their final 23-man selection for the tournament two weeks later.

"Kun (Aguero) will be in the call-up," said one source with the Argentine national team who asked not to be named.

A second source at the AFA confirmed the return of the striker, saying that his goalscoring statistics spoke for themselves. "Because of that he has been called up again," the source said.

Aguero spearheaded Man City's Premier League charge and was on the scoresheet on Sunday when they wrapped up a second straight title with a 4-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Alongside Aguero, Barcelona great Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Angel Di Maria will also be in the squad.

The Copa America, which will be held in Brazil between June 14 and July 7, will feature the 10 South American teams, as well as Qatar and Japan as guests.

Argentina, who have been coached by Lionel Scaloni since the departure of Jorge Sampaoli last year, will play in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar.

Sheffield United's Wilder wins LMA Manager of the Year award

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder beat off competition from Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Liverpool's Juergen Klopp to win the League Managers Association (LMA) manager of the year award on Tuesday.

Wilder, 51, led United to second place in the Championship behind Norwich City, whose German manager Daniel Farke was also on the shortlist, to earn promotion to the Premier League.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and England coach Gareth Southgate presented the award on behalf of the LMA at an awards dinner.

Guardiola was named Premier League manager of the year after City finished a point above Liverpool to retain the title.

Klopp and fellow Champions League finalist Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur plus Wolverhampton Wanderers' Nuno Espirito Santo were also short-listed for that award.

Spurs' Karen Hills won the Women's Championship award after steering the London club into the top tier, while Arsenal's Joe Montemurro took the Super League prize after winning the title.

Italy's oldest club Genoa to be put up for sale

Genoa, Italy's oldest professional football club, will be put up for sale, the Serie A outfit said in a statement.

Founded in 1893, the club has been owned by Enrico Preziosi, head of Italy’s largest toy manufacturer, for the last 16 years.

"Genoa Cricket and Football Club announces that a mandate had been given to Assietta S.p.A., a financial advisory firm specialised in corporate finance, as advisor for the sale of the company," said the statement.

The announcement came with Genoa one point and one place above the Serie A relegation zone with two matches to play.

Preziosi took over in 2003 with the club in Serie B, saw them promoted four years later and has since established them as a top-flight club.

However, it has been far from plain sailing and he has employed 14 coaches during his time in charge, some of them on several occasions.

He has been trying to sell the club for several years amid poor results which have sparked protests by the fans.

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