Mancini - We Don't Deserve To Be Sven Points Behind United

Last updated : 13 January 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

Roberto Mancini: "I don't think we deserve to be seven points behind but now we can do nothing, only start to win.

"We have a difficult game now, because we play against Arsenal, but the season is long and is very difficult.

"We have another 17 games. I think we can recover these points."

City hope Aguero will be fit to return for next week's clash with Fulham.

The Argentinian, last season's top scorer with 30 goals, tore a hamstring in the New Year's Day win over Stoke.

Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez are likely to continue up front in his absence although Mario Balotelli is back in contention after overcoming a virus and scoring twice for the under-21s on Monday.

Alongside Aguero, Dzeko is the team's top scorer this term with 10 but despite scoring three in his last three starts, is still to shake off a reputation for performing better as an impact substitute.

Mancini said: "It is important Edin plays like against Norwich and against Stoke.

"If he play likes like he did against these two teams he could be important.

"I don't think there is one player that is happy to stay on the bench but we can play only with 11 players and someone should go on the bench sometimes.

"If Edin continues to score, I don't think we can have a problem."