London - Manchester City's Premier League title challenge was dealt a setback
on Monday when manager Manuel Pellegrini announced that Sergio Aguero
will be out for "at least one month" through injury.
25-year-old Argentina striker has been in stunning form of late, scoring
12 goals in his last 11 games to take the 2012 champions to within
three points of league leaders Arsenal.
However, after opening the
scoring in Saturday's 6-3 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium,
he had to come off in the 49th minute with a calf problem.
think he will be at least one month out," Pellegrini told a press
conference, ahead of City's League Cup quarter-final tie at second-tier
Leicester City on Tuesday.
"He has a calf injury. Maybe the doctor can say exactly how many weeks he will be."
Aguero verified the news on Twitter, but expressed optimism ahead of the rehabilitation process.
"It's confirmed -- my calf injury will leave me out for at least a month," he said.
good news is recovery work starts today. We started with therapeutic
massages on the area and some bike work. I'll keep you posted. Thanks
for the support."
Aguero's injury arrives at an inopportune time
for City, who face Fulham, title rivals Liverpool and Crystal Palace
over the busy festive period.
Aguero also stands to miss league
games against Swansea City and Newcastle United, as well as a trip to
Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup third round on January 4.
former Atletico Madrid player has been key to City's impressive
early-season goalscoring form, striking up a partnership with new
signing Alvaro Negredo that has seen the two players plunder 32 goals
between them in all competitions.
Pellegrini is likely to turn to
either Edin Dzeko or Stevan Jovetic to deputise in Aguero's absence,
although he could elect to field an extra attacking midfielder and
deploy Negredo as a lone striker.
Jovetic recently returned to
action following a calf injury, but defenders Micah Richards and Matija
Nastasic will miss the trip to Leicester due to respective hamstring and
"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. Jovetic is OK."