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Aguero ‘expected to be fit’ for Final

26 February 2014

Here are Wednesday 26th February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that are covering the Capital One Cup Final.

Aguero ‘expected to be fit’ (Mirror): Sergio Aguero returned to full training for Manchester City on Tuesday after a hamstring injury and is set to be fit for the Capital One Cup Final against Sunderland, but fellow front-man Stevan Jovetic is set to miss out.

Garcia wants victory to aid his Spain quest (Daily Star): Manchester City’s Javi Garcia wants to taste victory in Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final as a way of staking his claim for a place in Spain’s 2014 World Cup squad.

Navas digs in for City (Sky Sports): Jesus Navas has been digging in to help with work on Manchester City’s new ground, and he says that by the time it opens he wants the club to have won all four trophies available to them this season, starting with the Capital One Cup on Sunday.

Johnson wants to go down in history (Sky Sports): Sunderland winger Adam Johnson wants to ‘go down in history’ by helping the Black Cats win the Capital One Cup against his former club Manchester City.

Bardsley targets happy Hollywood ending (Shields Gazette): Phil Bardsley looks at the last 12 months of his life like a Hollywood movie but he wants there to be a happy ending with Sunderland winning the Capital One Cup Final.

Alonso aims to banish Wembley woe (Shields Gazette): Marcos Alonso hopes his return to Wembley on Sunday with Sunderland will banish the pain of his last visit there during his days with Bolton Wanderers.

Players in Russell’s safe hands (Sunderland Echo): Craig Russell might have played for both Manchester City and Sunderland but he is red and white to the core and the Black Cats will be in his safe hands ahead of the Capital One Cup Final as he acts as the club’s masseur.

Bruce’s Wembley tickets gesture (Hartlepool Mail): Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce still thinks so highly of the club’s fans that he sent his two tickets for the Capital One Cup Final to Wearside with the instruction that they be given to a pair of Black Cats fans.

Lessons for Sunderland from 1985 pain (Northern Echo): Sunderland were beaten in the League Cup Final of 1985 but their experiences of that occasion can give them lessons to heed this time around.

Poyet’s selection dilemmas (Daily Mail): Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admits that he has a few selection dilemmas to overcome ahead of choosing his team for Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final.

Bennett hopes winners’ medals are picked up – correctly! (Daily Star): Sunderland’s last visit to a major Wembley final, the 1992 FA Cup showpiece against Liverpool, saw them pick up the winners’ medals, even though they lost the game 2-0.

Illness dashes Greg’s Wembley dream (Shields Gazette): Sunderland fan Greg Lamb, who is suffering from terminal cancer, is unable to make Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final – and the chance to tick something off his ‘bucket list’ – due to hospital treatment.

Reid remembers Wembley pain (Sunderland Echo): Sunderland’s last visit to Wembley saw them defeated in the dramatic 1998 First Division Play-Off Final and their manager that day, Peter Reid, hopes the current crop of players won’t go through the pain of that May afternoon.

Pre-final party plans are hit (Sunderland Echo): Tens of thousands of Sunderland fans will have to come up with a new pre-final party plan after their original idea, descending on Trafalgar Square, was ruled out with the London tourist spot being closed because of a Russian spring festival.

Cancer victim Fulop given Wembley tickets (Hartlepool Mail): Former Sunderland and Manchester City goalkeeper Marton Fulop, currently on a break from football as he deals with cancer, has been given tickets to the Capital One Cup Final by the Black Cats.

These stories have been reproduced from a variety of today's media sources and they do not represent the views of The Football League.

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