Manchester City’s talismanic striker Sergio Aguero has been ruled out since June but now faces a further two months out.
At 32 years of age, Sergio Aguero is about to enter the last season of his contract at Manchester City, bringing an end to an illustrious decade. Yet, he enters this key phase of his career in the most difficult of circumstances – sidelined through injury.
In recent days Aguero has taken to social media posting pictures of him training alone. Whilst the short videos showcase his undoubted skills,how close he is to return is unclear.
Today, City Manager Pep Guardiola, updated the watching media at the weekly Premier League press conference and confirmed the worst fears of all Manchester City fans.
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Guardiola explained Aguero has not returned to full team training yet and is working towards that. He also pointed to the time taken to step up from training to being match fit.
As watching fans we all know that Aguero is an explosive player, with all that power driven from the legs. However Aguero suffered a meniscus knee injury back in the early days of project restart and this is a serious injury.
Many players have struggled to regain form following similar types of injury. The loss of knee muscle places stress upon other joints and can make players become different types of player following recovery.
Whilst we hope Sergio escapes lengthy and serious impact from surgery, we know he will be unavailable for a couple of months and even then may be working to hit peak form.
As fans we know Aguero tends to take two or three games to return fully after injury and so as City kick off the new season, we face the prospect of Aguero being unavailable until November.
This leaves City with just Gabriel Jesus as the fit striker at the Club and makes the decision to not add further depth to the squad this Summer, appear all the more short sighted.
Storm clouds are looming above City as the game against Wolves approaches.