Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes he will not play again for a month, according to newspaper reports.
The 26-year-old striker had been in an extraordinary patch of form, and was on course to become the first man in the history of English top flight football to reach 20 league goals before the end of the calendar year.
But an awkward fall just three minutes into Saturday night’s match against Everton saw City’s key man limp off injured, and in tears.
Manuel Pellegrini said after the game that Aguero had ligament damage, and would certainly miss this week’s crucial Champions League match against Roma.
But according to the Daily Mail Aguero himself has “told friends” that he is almost certain not to play again for a month – and as Pitchside Europe pointed out on Saturday, Aguero is well-used to picking up injuries and presumably has a sense of how bad things are.
The Daily Mail’s story claims Aguero, “privately expressed his fears after saying ‘he felt something strange happen inside’ the joint.”
An MRI scan cannot take place until Monday or Tuesday, since the swelling in Aguero’s knee must first subside before an accurate assessment can be made.
And with Aguero’s understudy Edin Dzeko also struggling for fitness, City’s hopes – both in the Premier League and in Europe – will rest for now on the shoulders of Stevan Jovetic and 18-year-old Jose Angel Pozo.