It appears that Manchester City’s leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero will miss the rest of the 2017/18 Premier League season.
Aguero, 29, has been struggling with a right knee injury and hasn’t started a game since City’s win against Chelsea on Mar. 4 and made a brief substitute appearance in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg defeat against Liverpool after being caught with a heavy challenge by Ashley Young in the Manchester derby after coming on as a sub.
He was left out of the squad entirely for the 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and the Argentine striker, City’s all-time leading scorer with 199 goals, sent out a message on Twitter on Tuesday confirming his injury.
“Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee. Fully motivated to get back soon to the field,” Aguero said.
Reports state that Aguero will be out for around a month, which means he is likely to miss City’s final five Premier League games with the champions aiming to set new records for the number of points, goals and games won in a single season.
Pep Guardiola was previously optimistic that Aguero could be back for the final few games of the season, but why would City risk rushing their star striker back?
Gabriel Jesus, 21, will now be tasked with being City’s main attacking threat for the rest of the season as the Brazilian has returned from his own knee injury and has scored three goals in his last five games.
Still, there’s only one Aguero and there’s no doubt City missed him badly in the two Champions League defeats to Liverpool earlier this month.
Having the surgery now means that Aguero will be fully fit for the World Cup this summer and will have a nice rest before the tournament.