Manchester City: Sergio Aguero doubtful for Liverpool game
Manchester City injury list grows with Sergio Aguero the latest addition and is a doubt for the Citizen’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on 8 November due to a thigh injury.
City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, revealed on Monday evening that he expects Aguero to be out for a minimum of two weeks as City look set to take on champions, Liverpool, at the Etihad in 13 days’ time.
Aguero was substituted at half-time during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham United.
Guardiola while speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League fixture with French side Marseille confirms: “It will be two or three weeks, Sergio (Aguero) and (Benjamin) Mendy as well.
“Sergio was injured in the last game, muscular. When you are out for four or five months with a knee problem you always have a risk when you come back.
“We tried to handle it as much as possible, just 50-55 minutes every game. But it was not possible. It depends on the injury. We expect 10-15 days for sure minimum, or it could be three weeks or a month.”
Aguero now joins Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Nathan Ake and Fernandinho on the sidelines.
City, however, have defender Aymeric Laporte back as he was fit enough to travel to France after a knock.
Guardiola adds: “Kevin (De Bruyne) is back again and played a few minutes against West Ham. Aymeric is back too, Nathan is so close. Gabriel is close – one week to 10 days to come back. The rest will be two or three weeks.”
City are now without an experienced specialist center-forward with Aguero and Jesus injured, and when asked if he wished the club had strengthened in that position in the summer transfer window, Guardiola says: “Maybe. We considered it and thought about it, and another type of striker, but we could not.
“It’s not a club that wants revenues at the end of the year, it’s what they want and what’s best for the team.
“You know when you decide to buy a striker they have to be at the level of Aguero and Jesus and we could not afford it. This is the reality.
“I’m not saying the club didn’t want to do it, not just in terms of strikers but in every position, but they wanted to make as strong a team as possible to make more games and better. But we thought ‘OK, Sergio is back and we didn’t expect Gabriel to be injured’. Sometimes it happens.”