Sergio Aguero out 4-6 weeks, but Man City do not ‘depend on one player’

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini set a timetable for Sergio Aguero's return on Tuesday and insisted his side could weather the storm without their striker.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero walks off injured during his side's Premier League win against Everton on Saturday. Jon Super / AP / December 6, 2014
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero walks off injured during his side's Premier League win against Everton on Saturday. Jon Super / AP / December 6, 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini gave the club’s fans some welcome news when he announced injured Argentinian Sergio Aguero could be back some time in the New Year.

Aguero was expected to spend several months on the sidelines after injuring ligaments in his knee in the second minute of a 1-0 win over Everton last weekend.

But Pellegrini, speaking in Rome ahead of his side’s Champions League Group E decider against AS Roma on Wednesday, said: “He will be out for four to six weeks. It depends on how he recovers.

“But our team does not depend on one player.”

If confirmed, the news will be welcomed by City after some reports claimed Aguero could be out for the rest of the season.

With 14 goals, the Argentinian is the Premier League’s top scorer and his treble in a shock 3-2 win over Bayern Munich a fortnight ago relaunched City’s flagging campaign.

Roma need to beat City to book their last 16 ticket, but can also qualify with a draw as long as CSKA Moscow draw away to Bayern.

Thanks to their 1-1 draw at City in September, Roma can also go through with a scoreless draw against City, but only as long as CSKA lose to Bayern.

A win would see City through to the last 16 but any other result would see Pellegrini’s side depending on results elsewhere.

Pellegrini added: “It is an important game. We have a good squad. We have made mistakes in the other games but we are fighting to qualify.

“I always expected a difficult group. I never expected easy games to play.

“If we can (win) against Bayern Munich, we can do it again tomorrow.”

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Published: December 10, 2014 04:00 AM

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