Sunday 22 April 2018

Sergio Aguero confirms broken ribs after taxi crash

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has been injured in a car crash
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has been injured in a car crash

Andy Hampson

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has admitted the injuries he suffered in a car crash in Amsterdam could have been worse.

Aguero broke a rib after being involved in a road accident while visiting the Dutch city for a music concert on Thursday.

The accident occurred at around 11pm as Aguero travelled back to an airport in a taxi after attending the gig, performed by Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma.

The Argentinian said the taxi "made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole" with "a very heavy slam".

He revealed he was sore and recovering at home after being assessed by City's medical team, having received treatment in hospital in Amsterdam.

Aguero said on Twitter on Friday evening: "Thank you with all my heart for the supportive messages, they really do help me in recovering.

"The taxi I was riding made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole. It was a very heavy slam, but seatbelts prevented it from being worse.

"I'd like to thank the staff of the VU University Medical Amsterdam for their care and support. Hats off to all their team.

"I'm home in Manchester after an exam by club Drs. It's a broken rib. Hurts, but I'm fine, fully focused on recovery. Thank you all!"

City boss Pep Guardiola said he had no problem with Aguero spending a day off in Amsterdam.

He said: "I think days off are to be happy. I want the players to be happy. Always I am a manager who doesn't like to train every day.

"I think the players have to rest mentally and physically. They can enjoy their lives. I want my players to have fun. If they decide to go there, they decide to go there. It is okay for me."

Guardiola said he did not know how long he would be without his most prolific forward but he would definitely miss the Premier League leaders' trip to champions Chelsea on Saturday.

He said Aguero would also be unavailable for Argentina's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador next month.

Guardiola, speaking at a press conference, said: "He cannot play tomorrow and the international break - maybe he was selected for Argentina but he cannot go there.

"We will see. I don't know the answers. The first impression we have is that he has a broken rib but exactly how many days he will be off, I don't know right now."

Aguero, 29, had started the season impressively, scoring seven goals in eight appearances to move within one of equalling Eric Brook's club record 177.

News of Aguero's accident came after further updates on injuries to left-back Benjamin Mendy and captain Vincent Kompany.

Mendy has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament and is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Guardiola said: "Mendy will be operated on this afternoon in Barcelona. He will be out until our semi-finals of the Champions League."

Kompany has missed the last six games with a calf injury and remains out of action despite being called up for international duty by Belgium.

Guardiola said: "He only made one training session with us since one month ago. I spoke with (Belgium coach) Roberto Martinez. He is travelling there to make a meeting with the Belgium doctor but he is coming back. Of course he cannot play for Belgium."

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