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Scare as Manchester City trio hit by sickness bug are sent home

By Andy Hampson

Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri were sent home ill as Manchester City suffered a minor fitness scare ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.

The trio complained of stomach bugs during training yesterday and were told to go home by a club doctor.

That meant they were also unable to attend the club's 'City Live' season launch party, where Aguero was due to pick up the 2014-15 player of the year award, in central Manchester.

But all three are expected to return to training ahead of their League opener at West Brom on Monday night.

Aguero sent a video message to the supporters at last night's event saying: "Sorry I can't be there, I don't feel well. I will be back soon."

Aguero, City's top scorer last season with 32 goals from 41 appearances, might not be a definite starter at The Hawthorns anyway after returning late to training following his involvement in the Copa America.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini last year eased the 27-year-old back into action after his World Cup exploits with Argentina. He started the first two league games on the bench and Pellegrini could adopt a similarly cautious approach this term with his prize asset, who has a history of muscle injury problems.

New midfield signing Fabian Delph is doubtful for the opener after suffering a hamstring injury just 18 minutes into his debut in the pre-season friendly against Real Madrid in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

The £8million signing, gave an upbeat update on his condition at City Live. The 25-year-old said: "Not the best debut but things can only get better from there. I'm feeling great now. The recovery is going well. We've got a great medical team here and I'm flying at the minute, so I am looking forward to coming back."

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