Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero for at least a month over the Christmas and New Year period after their top scorer suffered a calf injury in Saturday’s 6-3 win over Arsenal.
The Argentina international sustained the problem after he had scored the opening goal. And manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the former Atletico Madrid forward is set to miss the busy Christmas and New Year programme. He said: “I think he will be at least one month out.”
Aguero has scored 18 goals in his last 16 games for City and is set to miss the Premier League clashes with Fulham, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Newcastle, as well as Tuesday’s Capital One Cup game at Leicester and the FA Cup meeting with Newcastle.
But Pellegrini said that Stevan Jovetic, who has been out since October with a calf injury, is fit to return. The Montenegro international striker has only started three games for City since his summer move from Fiorentina. Defenders Micah Richards (hamstring) and Matija Nastasic (calf) are both still sidelined but City are set to make changes.
Pellegrini added: “Jovetic is okay. The players that are injured are Micah Richards, he continues to be injured, and Nastasic also and Aguero. All the other players are available. We will see which 18 players we pick.
“When you have a good squad, it is easy for the manager to make changes. We went last week to play against Bayern with five or six players that don’t normally start and we won. After Bayern, exactly the same, we made six or seven changes against Arsenal and won.”
Aguero said on his Twitter account on Monday that he had already started working on his return.
It's confirmed - my calf injury will leave me out for at least a month. The good news is recovery work starts today!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) December 16, 2013
We started with therapeutic massages on the area and some bike work.I'll keep you posted. Thanks for the support!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) December 16, 2013