Manchester City supporters, like most Premier League fans, are beginning not to like international windows and the competitive fixtures that they bring along with them.
On Monday came the worrying news that striker Sergio Aguero had limped out of a training session with Argentina over the weekend. However, the player felt much improved on Monday and is now expected to play against Paraguay on Tuesday evening. That’s good and bad news in itself!
The update from Diario Olé, however, will have been very welcome around the Etihad Stadium, especially given the crucial role Aguero has played for City so far this term. Quoted by sportwitness.co.uk, he admitted that it’s a niggling, ongoing problem:
“I’m much better. After the Peru game I had two days to make the recovery and I did a little bit of football today (Monday). I’m quite well.”
“This injury happened now at City, during the Champions League match against Celtic: it was hard, it had rained, the grass was high and muddy, and since then I’ve been having a bit of an overload. I’ve recovered well for two days, they I played against Tottenham. And travelled.”
Speaking to the Olé newspaper, he also admitted that his desire to play for his country has cost him club time in the past.
“When you’re at the national team team you always want to take part, but the last time, for wanting to continue, I ended up injured against Ecuador. Sometimes you think: “Why didn’t I stop?”. Because then I’m out for a month and a half and I miss six or seven games for City. But when they call you for the national team, you want to play at any cost. That’s how it is.”
However, the positive update was quickly followed by confirmation on Monday night that the hamstring injury Bacary Sagna picked up while on duty for France has ruled him out of action for at least three weeks with the issue.
The full back sustained the problem while giving away a penalty in Les Bleus’ World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria last week and is not expected to be available again to Pep Guardiola until November at the earliest, according to the club.
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Upcoming fixtures for Guardiola’s men include Barcelona in the Champions League and local neighbours Manchester United in the EFL Cup, so the injury is far from ideal and is likely to see Pablo Zabaleta secure some further game time.
Immediately on the horizon is Everton, whom City will face in a 3pm kick off this coming Saturday.