Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been dominated out of Tuesday’s Champions League journey to Olympique Marseille via a hamstring damage and could possibly be out of motion for 2 to 4 weeks, supervisor Pep Guardiola stated on Monday.
Aguero was withdrawn at halftime in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at West Ham United with Guardiola confirming the 32-year-old suffered a muscular drawback, just every week after making his first begin of the season following knee surgical procedure.
“It depends on the injury. We expect 10-15 days for sure minimum, or it could be three weeks or a month,” Guardiola advised reporters. “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 the best as possible, (playing him)50-55 minutes in the games, but it was not enough to maintain it and get him through the games.
“We knew he was not in the best condition against Arsenal but without strikers that we had, it was important that he played 60 minutes. We have to be calm and hope he recovers as quickly as possible.”
Guardiola confirmed midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and defender Aymeric Laporte had been obtainable for Tuesday’s conflict in France, whereas new signing Nathan Ake (groin) and striker Gabriel Jesus (thigh) had been edging nearer to their return.
“Nathan is so close to come back, Gabriel is 7-10 days to coming back,” he added.
City lack an skilled centre ahead in anticipation of Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille within the absence of injured duo Aguero and Jesus.
When requested if the Etihad membership may have purchased a striker within the shut season so as to add extra choices, Guardiola stated: “Maybe we considered it and thought about it and another type of striker, but we could not.
“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.”
[ Attribution HT]