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City’s Aguero sidelined for two weeks by knee injury

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero takes his seat on the bench ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match with Basel at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on March 7. AFP
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero takes his seat on the bench ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match with Basel at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on March 7. AFP

City’s Aguero sidelined for two weeks by knee injury

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss tonight’s Premier League trip to Stoke (at 3am Cambodian time) due to a knee injury.

However, the Argentine is hopeful of being sidelined for just two weeks, which should see him return in time for City’s next fixture at Everton on March 31.

“During yesterday’s training I had a discomfort on my left knee,” Aguero posted on his official Twitter account.

“The club’s doctors told me I’ll be back with the team in approximately two weeks. Now it’s time for a full recovery!”

Aguero is also a doubt for Argentina’s World Cup warm-up friendlies against Italy and Spain on March 23 and 27 respectively.

The 29-year-old’s next goal for City will be his 200th for the club having netted 30 times already this season.

City out to end to unhappy Mondays

City manager Pep Guardiola, who on Friday was fined £20,000 by the FA for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of jailed Catalonian independence leaders, will be hoping his side don’t suffer another Monday hangover tonight as they look to edge ever closer to the Premier League title at relegation-threatened Stoke.

Two of City’s rare slip-ups this season have come on Monday nights as hopes of an unprecedented quadruple were ended by a shock FA Cup defeat at third-tier Wigan last month, while Everton escaped with a 1-1 draw from the Etihad Stadium back in August.

And Guardiola said he would have preferred to play over the weekend as Manchester United cut their city rivals’ lead at the top of the table to 13 points with victory over Liverpool on Saturday.

“I prefer to play at weekends, when all the teams play,” said Guardiola. It’s just from my experience, and I don’t like it.”

However, one of Guardiola’s most famous victories as a coach came on a Monday when his Barcelona side thrashed now United manager Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid 5-0 in 2010.

“I don’t like to play on Monday because at the weekend everybody is involved. When the weekend is over, they are like: ‘The weekend is over, there are no more games.’ But we have to play.”

City will also be keen to bounce back from just a fourth defeat of the season in all competitions when they let slip an early lead to lose 2-1 to Basel on Tuesday.

But Guardiola’s men still progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.

Guardiola rested a host of first-team regulars for the visit of Basel, including Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

They are set to return, while Guardiola could also have the luxury of welcoming back Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling from injury.

But striker Sergio Aguero, who has scored 30 goals in all competitions this term, has been ruled out of action for two weeks with a left knee problem.

Stoke bid to surprise

Stoke are mired in the bottom three on the back of just one win in 10 league games.

But manager Paul Lambert insists his side can unsettle City by taking Guardiola’s men out of their comfort zone.

And the Scot has drawn inspiration from his own playing days, when he was part of the Borussia Dortmund team that beat Juventus in the Champions League final 21 years ago.

“On any given day you can win a game of football. If I go back to my own playing career, did anyone give Borussia Dortmund a chance against the great Juve side in 97? Probably not.
Everybody and their dog thought Juve would win.

“In a one-off game you can win, and that’s the beauty of football.”

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