Wednesday 15 August 2018

Aguero could make City return two weeks after breaking rib

It was initially forecast by City that Aguero would be out for between two and four weeks but that was challenged by Argentina’s national team doctor Photo: PA
It was initially forecast by City that Aguero would be out for between two and four weeks but that was challenged by Argentina’s national team doctor Photo: PA

James Ducker

Sergio Aguero is pushing for inclusion in Manchester City's squad to face Stoke City on Saturday amid the prospect of a swift recovery from the broken rib he suffered in a car crash a fortnight ago.

The Argentina striker resumed light training with City on Tuesday and showed no ill-effects during yesterday's session, although the club's medical staff will not take a decision on his fitness and availability against Stoke until tomorrow.

City are unprepared to take any unnecessary risks with Aguero's fitness and are conscious that a blow to the ribs could set him back if he returns too soon, before the injury has adequately healed

It was initially forecast by City that Aguero (pictured) would be out for between two and four weeks but that was challenged by Argentina's national team doctor, Donato Villaini, who had claimed the 29-year-old would be out for minimum of six weeks.

If Aguero does not make the Stoke game, he could come into contention for the Champions League tie at home to Napoli three days later, when City will look to get a firm grip on Group F with a third consecutive win.

Aguero had fractured a rib after the taxi taking him from a concert to the airport in Amsterdam late last month crashed into a pole. The striker was forced to stay overnight in hospital and admitted later that he was fortunate the accident had not been more serious.

Elsewhere, Tottenham have been handed a significant boost ahead of the restart of the Premier League and Champions League with Danny Rose and Erik Lamela both returning to first-team training.

Left-back Rose has been out since January with a knee injury and has suffered at least one setback during his recovery that has prevented him from playing this season.

Lamela has not played for Tottenham for almost a year because of hip problems and he even spent time at his former club Roma as he attempted to overcome his injuries before finally undergoing surgery. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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