Friday 15 November 2019

Injured Aguero in doubt for derby

Aguero is expected to return to Manchester this weekend to have the injury assessed
Aguero is expected to return to Manchester this weekend to have the injury assessed

Mark Ogden

Sergio Aguero is facing a battle to be fit for Manchester City's derby clash against Manchester United later this month after suffering a suspected torn hamstring on international duty with Argentina.

The City forward is expected to return to Manchester this weekend to have the injury assessed.

Aguero has already been sent for a scan as a result of the injury, sustained during the first half of Thursday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat by Ecuador in Buenos Aires.

But the initial prognosis suggests Aguero will miss next week's league game against Bournemouth and the Champions League encounter with Sevilla five days later - with the trip to Old Trafford on October 25 also now a doubt.

Despite Argentina coach Gerardo Martino admitting Aguero had complained of a hamstring problem during last weekend's five-goal performance against Newcastle, the former Barcelona manager insisted he had prepared properly for the game.

"Aguero had a problem from his last game with City, where he played well for 65 minutes," Martino said.

"We looked after him this week, he was moving well, very comfortable, but he felt the strain and unfortunately we are going to lose him."

Against Ecuador, the 27-year-old pulled up sharply while chasing down a ball in the opposition half before being wheeled off the pitch on a stretcher with City subsequently reporting his injury on the club website.

Martino has ruled Aguero out of Tuesday's qualifier against Paraguay in Asuncion.

Manuel Pellegrini and City are now likely to closely monitor Vincent Kompany's involvement with Belgium during the Euro 2016 qualifiers after the defender linked up with his national side despite missing his club's last five games with a calf injury.


Kompany travelled to the Belgium camp with Pellegrini's permission on the proviso he does not play against Andorra tonight - on an artificial surface - or in Tuesday's clash against Israel.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has claimed, however, Kompany could recover in time to face Israel - which would anger Pellegrini.

Elsewhere, Edu Vargas and Alexis Sanchez were on target as Chile condemned Brazil to a 2-0 defeat in a World Cup qualifiers in Santiago.

The visitors, missing the suspended Neymar and the injured Philippe Coutinho, rarely looked like scoring. Brazil host Venezuela on Tuesday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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