SoccerSaturday, March 15, 2014
Agüero set for two weeks out
Pellegrini optimistic on Argentine striker hamstring setback
Sergio Agüero is likely to be sidelined for at least two weeks — ruling him out of the Manchester derby on 25 March — due to his latest hamstring problem, Manuel Pellegrini has said.
MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hoping Sergio Agüero will be out for only two weeks after the striker injured his hamstring against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Agüero was substituted at halftime during the 2-1 loss at the Nou Camp and the Argentina forward underwent a scan in Manchester on Thursday.
Agüero was featuring in only a third match following more than four weeks out due to a hamstring injury suffered in the 5-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on 29 January.
A two-week absence would rule Agüero out of the derby match against Manchester United on March 25.
“Sergio will know on Saturday what he has,” Pellegrini said yesterday. “I really don’t know, but I don’t think it is really very serious. I am hopeful he will (only) be injured for a couple of weeks.”
The 25-year-old Agüero missed five games with a hamstring injury in February. He has 26 goals in 28 matches this season.
City stand nine points behind the leaders, Chelsea, though they have played three matches fewer.