Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Sergio Aguero could miss the rest of the Premier League season after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury.
The Argentinian international started the 5-0 win against Burnley yesterday evening but he was replaced by Gabriel Jesus just before half time.
Guardiola said Aguero had been dealing with the issue since returning to training, but he could now be out for the remaining league fixtures:
“It doesn’t look good, unfortunately. We are going to see tomorrow. He was struggling in the last month with a problem in the knee and now he felt something so we will see tomorrow exactly what he has but it doesn’t look good for this season.”
“Tomorrow we will see and know exactly what he has. The doctor says it will take time. A few games [out] for sure but maybe tomorrow the tests he will get good news – we will see.”
Fans on Twitter are hoping Aguero makes a speedy recovery:
— King Kun?? (@Pranav_k1) June 23, 2020
This is so bad
— Did you see? (@fredrick_ijeh) June 22, 2020
— Vvk (@vvk_blc) June 23, 2020
— @littlebobtattoo (@littlebobtattoo) June 23, 2020
@1021Allex AIGHTTTTT Time to headout f this
— Adi(LordMad) ?? (@MCitySZN) June 22, 2020
Speedy recovery @aguerosergiokun
— Cityzen Dave (@dave_quarshie) June 22, 2020
Some supporters do feel, though, it could give Gabriel Jesus more opportunities to shine:
I love watching Sergio. But, gloom & doom is not warranted. Jesus is a very good player & a decent finisher. He gets about the pitch & works hard too. If anything happens to him, remember that we have had some really exceptional performances with a 'false number 9'.
— Paul D (@PaulDee9) June 23, 2020
Jesus is fantastic now anyway and will work harder. Still sad to see him get injured of course.
— Man City ?? (@mancity2432) June 22, 2020
Of course bad news but is time for Jesús ?? and Foden ??????? as main players. Is time.
— J@vi (@jdiazm11) June 23, 2020
It is believed that the 32-year-old could well have an operation to repair the meniscus in his knee, but there is some optimism he could return for City’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
The second leg of the last 16 tie is expected to take place on August 7th or August 8th, which means Aguero has the best part of six and a half weeks to recover his fitness. It will likely be a race against time for him to return for the season-defining match.