Aguero hopes to be back within weeks after scan on injured knee… as Balotelli hands Man City another scare
07:01 GMT, 20 August 2012
Sergio Aguero will be playing again within weeks after a scan on the star striker's injured knee on Sunday.
Aguero twisted his right knee following a challenge by Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne early in City's dramatic 3-2 win.
In another worrying development for City, Mario Balotelli twisted a knee in the post-match warm-down and was seen wincing. A six-a-side practice game was interrupted by Balotelli's pain, although City sources later played this down.
City manager Roberto Mancini said he was 'very worried' that Aguero may have suffered a serious injury, but Aguero said on Twitter on Sunday night: 'The studies I had done revealed there's no significant injury but it was a very tough blow to my knee.
Off: Sergio Aguero was taken off on a stretcher during City's match against Southampton
Under cover: Aguero was smuggled into hospital on Sunday night wearing a knee brace
'Tomorrow, the physicians will evaluate the time it will take for me to recover.
'I have no words to thank for your concern for me and with this much support, I'll recover faster.
'And I want to congratulate my team mates for their effort in turning this game around. Now more than ever – C4MON @MCFC !!'
Aguero's knee is very swollen and the Argentine will need more tests this week to determine the exact extent of the damage.
Speaking about Aguero after the game,
Mancini said: 'We need to wait and, while I hope it is not serious, it
is a worry. It is important luck is on your side over the course of a
season, but we have been unfortunate with this injury. The knee is
Gutted: The Sergio Aguero looked disappointed to have missed out on the rest of City's 3-2 victory
'It was so strange because there was no issue with the tackle. It was not a strong tackle, and Sergio wanted to play on.
'Maybe he is out for a week, or three or four weeks, or until after the international break. We have to see.'
City almost threw away the advantage
given them by Carlos Tevez's 40th-minute opener, and Mancini admitted
his side's slipshod defending concerned him.
Accident: Clyne played the ball but caught Aguero as his momentum carried him into the striker
'We didn't play well with our defenders, but it is not always their fault,' he said.
'We had enough chances to close the
game out.' While Mancini ponders possible attacking reinforcements
should Aguero be out for several weeks, he remains hopeful of prising
Italy midfielder Daniele de Rossi away from Roma.
Reports from Italy last night claimed the 29-year-old hard man was ready to move to City for around 30million.