City discover extent of Aguero injury
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed Sergio Aguero’s groin injury will keep him out for "a few weeks" after the results of scans on Monday.
Aguero was replaced in the second half of City’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Chelsea, a win that keeps Guardiola’s men within nine points of undefeated table-toppers Liverpool.
And the Spanish manager was not too optimistic about the prognosis over how long the club’s all-time leading scorer would be sidelined as City approach their busiest period of the season.
“Sergio will be bad. The feeling is it’s a muscular problem,” said Guardiola, before switching the focus onto Gabriel Jesus, who will now be City’s go-to man.
“But Gabriel has made one of the best starts of this season.
'Sergio will be bad, I think'
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Aguero, who has nine Premier League goals from as many starts this season, missed four games with a groin issue at virtually the same stage of last season, pulling up minutes after scoring City’s equaliser in a 2-2 Champions League draw in Lyon that secured his side’s place in the last 16.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League home game against Shakhtar Donetsk, a fixture bordering on already being a dead rubber due to the Citizens having progressed, the manager confirmed the striker faces “a few weeks” out of the side.
Premier League matches against Newcastle and Burnley follow the fixture with Shakhtar and City ought to be able to take maximum points from those outings with Jesus up front rather than Aguero.
But the big fixture that Aguero will not be available for comes on Saturday, December 7 when Manchester United visit the Etihad Stadium.
The Argentine took five games to find the net after suffering a similar injury last term and will both him and his boss will hope for a speedy recovery as they chase down Liverpool in the Premier League title race.