Aguero's World Cup over?
Sergio Aguero (AFP)
Belo Horizonte - Argentina striker Sergio Aguero's continuing participation at the
World Cup is shrouded in uncertainty due to the muscle injury that
forced him off in Wednesday's win against Nigeria.
Aguero came off
in the 38th minute of the 3-2 Group F victory in Porto Alegre and was
anxiously waiting the results of tests to find out the extent of the
"It has not been confirmed that it is a tear, it could be a
strain," the Argentine team's press officer Andres Ventura told AFP on
Aguero, 26, hobbled off the field to be replaced
by Ezequiel Lavezzi, but Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said only
that he had a "muscle problem" after the match, while the player himself
left the stadium without speaking to journalists.
"It is a
muscle injury, as Sabella already said after the match. To go from that
to saying that he might not be able to play again in the World Cup is
nonsense," added Ventura, hitting out at reports published in Argentina
about the severity of the problem.
A simple strain could leave
Aguero on the sidelines for around 10 days, but a tear would likely keep
him out for around two to three weeks, thereby bringing his World Cup
to a premature end.
Aguero endured an injury-affected season in
England with Manchester City and has not produced his best form so far
at the World Cup.
His fitness adds to Sabella's concerns in
attack, where Rodrigo Palacio is recovering from a minor ankle injury
and Gonzalo Higuain is only getting back to peak fitness after a spell
on the sidelines of his own.
The win against Nigeria took Argentina through to a last-16 tie against Switzerland in Sao Paulo next Tuesday.