This is STUPID! Aguero ruled out for title-chasing Manchester City as Mancini rues mystery injury
10:20 GMT, 30 March 2012
Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City's Premier League clash with Sunderland on Saturday – with what boss Roberto Mancini has described as a 'stupid' injury.
Aguero was missing from the City team that drew at Stoke on Saturday with a foot problem.
'It is a stupid injury,' said Mancini. 'It was not his fault but he can't play with this injury; for one day, 10 days or two weeks. I don't know.'
Out: Sergio Aguero pictured training on Wednesday at Carrington
Mancini has refused to say exactly what happened but repeatedly used the word 'stupid' when asked.
'I prefer not to say,' he said. 'But
he couldn't play against Stoke and can't play tomorrow. I hope he can
recover for Arsenal next weekend.'
Meanwhile, skipper Vincent Kompany is on course to make his return to action against Sunderland.
Kompany has missed City's last four games with a hamstring injury, including the visits to Swansea and Stoke, where City have picked up just a single point to surrender the advantage in the Premier League title battle.
However, just as Mancini's men reach the point where they cannot afford to fall any further behind favourites Manchester United, Kompany has returned to training.
Glum: Roberto Mancini didn't look happy at training on Friday
'Just had my second training session with the team,' he said on Twitter. 'If all goes to plan I will be available for the Sunderland game.'
With visits to Arsenal and Norwich looming in a potentially pivotal six-day period around Easter, Kompany's return cannot come soon enough. And a fully-fit Carlos Tevez would be an advantage too.
The Argentina star has made two appearances off the substitutes' bench since his return to first-team duties after his extended stand-off with Mancini.
And whilst he made a significant contribution to the victory over Chelsea by setting up Samir Nasri for the winner, Tevez failed to ignite City at Stoke.
However, Tevez scored on a reserve team outing at Morecambe on Wednesday and team-mate Yaya Toure has revealed the striker has promised to do everything in his power to help City get their noses back in front.
On his way back: Vincent Kompany should return for City on Saturday
'Everyone can make mistakes but Carlos is a really good man,' Toure told the Manchester Evening News.
'When you meet him, he is always good fun and a nice guy, even if people may have a different image of him.
'He knew when he came back to the club he had made a very big mistake, but now everything is over and he is focused on winning the Premier League.
'He wants to do as much as possible to say sorry to the fans. He will be an important player for us as he wants to prove he is a top player. I am sure he will be fantastic for the rest of the season.'
Sportsmail remembers football's strangest injuries
RICHARD WRIGHT: Wright was ruled out of Everton's FA Cup fourth-round replay at Chelsea after suffering a freak injury during the warm-up. Wright ignored a notice warning him not to practise in the goalmouth and promptly fell over the sign, suffering a twisted ankle. The same player also damaged his shoulder falling through a loft as he was trying to pack away his suitcases.
RIO FERDINAND: During his spell at Leeds, the England defender managed to pick up a tendon strain in his knee watching television. Ferdinand had his foot up on a coffee table for a number of hours and ended up injuring a tendon behind his knee.
DAVE BEASANT: The veteran goalkeeper managed to rule himself out for eight weeks in 1993 when he dropped a bottle of salad cream on his foot, severing the tendon in his big toe.
DAVID JAMES: The England goalkeeper once pulled a muscle in his back when reaching for the television remote control and the keen angler also tweaked his shoulder when trying to land a monster carp.
ALEX STEPNEY: In 1975 the Manchester United goalkeeper dislocated his jaw while shouting at his defenders during a match against Birmingham.
CHIC BRODIE: The Brentford goalkeeper's career came to an abrupt end in October 1970 when he collided with a sheepdog which had run on to the pitch. Brodie shattered his kneecap while the dog got the ball. 'The dog might have been a small one, but it just happened to be a solid one,' he reflected.
SANTIAGO CANIZARES: The Spain goalkeeper missed the 2002 World Cup after accidentally shattering a bottle of aftershave in his hotel sink. A piece of glass fell on his foot, severing a tendon in his big toe.
STEVE MORROW: The former Northern Ireland defender broke his collarbone after falling off the shoulders of Tony Adams while celebrating the 1993 League Cup final win against Sheffield Wednesday.
SVEIN GRONDALEN: The Norway defender had to withdraw from an international during the 1970s after colliding with a moose while out jogging.
DARREN BARNARD: The former Barnsley midfielder was sidelined for five months with a torn knee ligament after he slipped in a puddle of his puppy's urine on the kitchen floor.
CHARLIE GEORGE: Arsenal's 1971 FA Cup hero managed to cut off his toe with a lawnmower.
KIRK BROADFOOT: The Rangers defender suffered burns after an egg he had poached exploded in his face while he was inspecting it.
JEROME BOATENG: The Germany defender was forced to wait for his Manchester City debut after aggravating a knee injury in a collision with an airline drinks trolley. 'I imagined my start at City to be quite different, of course,' he said ruefully.
EVER BANEGA: The Valencia midfielder broke his ankle when he was run over by his own car, having failed to properly apply the handbrake when he stopped for petrol.