Manchester Metropolis striker Sergio Aguero has been dominated out of Tuesday’s Champions League journey to Olympique Marseille by 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Aguero was withdrawn at halftime in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at West Ham United with Guardiola confirming the 32-year-old suffered a muscular drawback, solely per week after making his first begin of the season following knee surgical procedure.
“It is dependent upon the damage. We count on 10-15 days for certain minimal, or it could possibly be three weeks or a month,” Guardiola advised reporters. “When you’re out for 4 or 5 months with a knee drawback, you at all times have a threat if you come again.
“We tried to deal with it the very best as doable, (taking part in him)50-55 minutes within the video games, however it was not sufficient to keep up it and get him by the video games.
“We knew he was not in the very best situation in opposition to Arsenal however with out strikers that we had, it was necessary that he performed 60 minutes. We now have to be calm and hope he recovers as shortly as doable.”
Guardiola confirmed midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and defender Aymeric Laporte have been out there for Tuesday’s conflict in France, whereas new signing Nathan Ake (groin) and striker Gabriel Jesus (thigh) have been edging nearer to their return.
“Nathan is so shut to return again, Gabriel is 7-10 days to coming again,” he added.
Metropolis lack an skilled centre ahead in opposition to 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: “Possibly we thought-about it and thought of it and one other kind of striker, however we couldn’t.
“You already know if you determine to purchase a striker they need to be on the stage of Aguero and Jesus and we couldn’t afford it. That is the fact.”