Pablo Zabaleta: 'Sergio Aguero return vital to Manchester City'

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Hull City at the Etihad Stadium on August 31, 2013
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Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta likens Sergio Aguero to fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has insisted that the return of striker Sergio Aguero from injury will boost the team's title challenge.

The right-back compared his compatriot to their fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez, who helped City win the Premier League two years ago after returning from exile.

"It's a good time for Sergio to come back. I can see why people say it's similar to Tevez returning - although it's a different situation," Zabaleta told reporters.

"Like with Carlos, it's great for any team to have the best players back again - particularly at this part of the season. That's the good news for us.

"He is an important player and he is going to score goals. He is fast, he is quick. Sometimes we need a player like Sergio."

City take on Liverpool this Sunday in what promises to be a crunch top-of-the-table clash.

Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celerates with teammate Fernandinho after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier league match between Hull City and Manchester City at KC Stadium on March 15, 2014
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