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Aguero to miss crucial period as City unveil new complex


Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

There was good and bad news for Manchester City yesterday.

Key man forward Sergio Aguero has been reportedly ruled out for a minimum of four weeks with the knee injury he suffered against Everton on Saturday.

The in-form Argentinean striker damaged his knee ligaments in a challenge with the Toffees' Muhamed Besic after just three minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

Aguero was visibly distressed as he limped off the pitch and City boss Manuel Pellegrini revealed after the 1-0 victory that City's top scorer will not recover in time for tomorrow night's pivotal Champions League trip to Roma.

Aguero will also miss the busy Christmas period, which will be a huge blow to City considering his sensational form this season.

The 26-year-old is the top scorer in the Premier League with 14 goals already and scored a brilliant hat-trick in a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich a fortnight ago to keep City's Champions League hopes alive.

However, in terms of producing talent that could match Aguero, the future looks bright for the club. Patrick Vieira believes City's new £200million training complex will help the club attract the best young players in the world - starting with the city itself.

The English Premier League champions have been based at the state-of-the-art City Football Academy since October, but officially opened the doors yesterday at a glitzy ceremony attended by club greats and British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Vieira, who runs City's elite development squad, spent his playing days at the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan, but believes his new workplace puts the rest firmly in the shade.

And with competition for the brightest young players increasingly stiff among European football's biggest teams, he thinks City are now at the head of the queue.

Fans of neighbours Manchester United, though, might bristle at his suggestion that local prospects now face an "easy choice" when it comes to their career path. "I think this is one of the best, if not the best, facilities in the world," he said of the 80-acre base that was previously a polluted brownfield site.

"If we go into the market and we compete to bring young players or first team players in, having a facility like this can only help."