Manchester City striker Aguero ruled out for 'a month'

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been ruled out for a month following the Premier League leaders’ 5-1 win against Tottenham in midweek.

The 25-year-old Argentine suffered a hamstring injury against Spurs and was substituted off for Stevan Jovetic at White Hart Lane earlier this week. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was unsure of the extent of the injury but revealed Friday afternoon that the striker, who has scored 26 goals in 25 appearances across all competitions for Manchester City this term, will be out for one month.

This will come as a blow to the Chilean coach, whose side are now one point clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Aguero had only just returned from a calf injury, but Manchester City can be optimistic in his absence given the form of strikers Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko, as well as the return of Jovetic to full fitness - which ought to give the Citizens plenty of options to cover.

Manchester City, however, will be without their top scorer and talisman for the club's February fixtures against Chelsea, Norwich and Sunderland in the Premier League; Chelsea again in the FA Cup fifth round and Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

Alvaro Negredo will surely provide Pellegrini with his best hope of replacing Aguero’s goals. The Spaniard has scored just three fewer than Aguero - 23 goals in all competitions, with Dzeko on 17 and midfielder Yaya Toure on 15.

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