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Pellegrini Sweating Over Negredo Injury

Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, is sweating on an injury to striker, Alvaro Negredo, after his side comfortably won the second leg of their League Cup semi-final against West Ham last night.

Negredo scored the opening goal and the 3-0 for the Citizens, with Sergio Aguero scoring in between, to complete City’s 9-0 aggregate progress to the Capital One Cup final.

But their in-form striker, Negredo, left the field at the final whistle holding his shoulder after tumbling over a challenge from James Tomkins. Pellegrini confirmed that the 28-year-old Spain international will be assessed on Wednesday morning.

"At the moment he has a pain, but we don't know what kind of pain it is,” Pelegrini said after the game.

“He has some problems with his shoulder, we will see tomorrow if it is serious or not.

Pellegrini praised the professionalism of his side as they booked a Wembley final on March 2 against either Manchester United or Sunderland, and is hopeful to win his first title at the club.

"It was a very good performance. It is easy to think that the game is finished at 6-0, but it is important to reach the final winning all your games,” he added.

“We have scored 19 goals and just conceded one so it was very important to finish in the same way.

“I hope now in the final we can win it. I think both teams would be difficult. We will see tomorrow against who we will play."

City’s 18-year-old teenager, Marcos Lopes, was named Man of the Match after setting up the first two goals, while Sergio Aguero made his first start after a spell on the side-lines through injury.

Pellegrini said of Lopes: "He didn't impress me, because I see him working every day.

"I think he is a very good player, he has a very good future and it is important for him to play in the way he played today.

"For Kun (Aguero) it was very useful. He played nearly 60 minutes, he was playing just 15 or 20 minutes in the games before, so for him it is very useful for the future."

Can either of the two other semi-finalists stop Manchester City in the League Cup final? Have your say in the comment section below.

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