While Manchester City have one of the deepest squads in world football, the sidelining of their most ruthlessly efficient attacker Sergio Aguero, 25, would always be significant and manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that the Argentine may be out of action for up to two months.
'I am not a doctor. It is very difficult,' said Pellegrini following City's 3-1 trumping of Leicester City in the League Cup last night, Tuesday, as quoted by Sky Sports. 'The doctor has said he has at least one month or eight weeks. We will see.
'I don't how many weeks but it will be at least one month. It is very difficult to know at this moment how many weeks it can be.'
If Aguero, who was substituted off the field during his side's 6-3 rout over Arsenal because of a calf injury, is out for eight weeks, he will miss a number of potentially pivotal Premier League matches such as the upcoming hosting of Liverpool on Boxing Day, the trip to Swansea City on New Year's Day, the away day at Newcastle United on January 12, the home game against Cardiff City on January 18, the trip to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the month and a potential six-pointer with Chelsea at the start of February.
Aguero, thus far, has returned 13 goals, four assists and 25 chances created from 1,126 minutes of Premier League football.
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