Sergio Aguero injury: Manchester City striker’s absence offers glimpse of uncertain future up front

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Would it surprise you to learn that Sergio Aguero has only been directly involved in one of Manchester City’s last 16 goals? In fact Aguero has scored only once in the league since the 8-0 drubbing of Watford in mid-September. He has five in 10 appearances in all competitions, notching only against Atalanta and Southampton.

It is hardly a poor spell of form. In any case, an excellent start to the campaign means that Aguero is currently City’s top scorer with 13 goals in 16 games. But the fact is that by his own high standards, he is only in ordinary nick. And that was before Saturday’s injury setback.

Ahead of City’s sixth Champions League group stage meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk in three years, Pep Guardiola confirmed that Aguero will be missing for at least “a few weeks” with a thigh problem picked up in the win over Chelsea. He will also need “a miracle” if he is going to play in the forthcoming Manchester derby at the Etihad on 7 December.

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Guardiola otherwise spoke effusively about Aguero, describing his “big star” as the humblest person he had ever met. “There are other players that think they’re incredible and they did much less than Sergio,” he said. When Aguero limped off on Saturday, the City manager had a quick word and there was a grave look on his face once the conversation ended.

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