Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that in-form striker Sergio Aguero will be sidelined for a month after coming off with a hamstring problem in Wednesday night’s 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Aguero had only just returned from injury and was forced to play the whole FA Cup 4th Round tie against Watford last weekend, scoring a hat trick as City came from 2-0 down to win 4-2.
He said: “The doctor has seen Aguero and he will be out for a month.”
The Argentine striker will join Samir Nasri and Javi Garcia on the treatment table and is certain to miss the crucial Barclays Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium on Monday against Chelsea and the home leg of City’s Champions League round of 16 against Barcelona at home too.
The news will be a blow to City who have denied that there will be any transfer deadline day movement after moves for Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando reportedly broke down over the high price being asked by the cash strapped Portuguese club.
Pellegrini was aware that Monday’s game against Chelsea would be crucial but refused to be carried away by superlative remarks in the media following the White Hart Lane goalfest.
He said: “I don’t think we are the best team on the planet. If we play the way we did against Tottenham, we are a very good team.”