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MAN CITY BLOW! Aguero set to miss Champions League crunch match

first_imgManchester City have suffered a huge blow with news star striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss their must-win Champions League clash against Roma through injury.The in-form Argentine suffered knee ligament damage just five minutes into City’s 1-0 Premier League victory over Everton on Saturday evening.Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the news following the win, but admitted the club will discover the full extent of the problem when the player goes for a scan on Sunday.Aguero is the Premier League’s top scorer with 14 goals from the opening 15 games of the season, and his absence will come as a major setback for City ahead of Wednesday’s final Group E tie.The Blues are locked on five points with Roma and CSKA Moscow in a battle for the second last-16 qualification spot behind group winners Bayern Munich.To progress, City need to win and hope CSKA do not beat Bayern, or get a score draw and hope CSKA lose.They are already without Yaya Toure through suspension, while Vincent Kompany and David Silva are battling to prove their fitness. Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho also sat out the Everton game to rest knocks, so the sidelining of Aguero is an added dent in the side’s hopes.“Sergio has a problem in his ligament, in his knee,” Pellegrini said of the forward’s injury.“We will see tomorrow how serious it is but it’s not good news, I don’t think he will be able to play next week.“We must wait for the doctor but the important thing is he will not be playing against Roma and it’s a very important game for us.“But we have other players and we will rearrange if he does not play.”Having previously admitted Aguero was irreplaceable at the club, Pellegrini must now make a decision on who to rely on taking the Argentina international’s place in the cruch tie.Spanish youngster Jose Pozo, 18, was the man chosen ahead of Edin Dzeko to replace Aguero against Everton, before later giving way to the Bosnian, who has been suffering with a calf injury.And Pellegrini explained: “Edin was not able to play 70 or 80 minutes, he could play a maximum of 35 minutes.”Midfielder James Milner, who was voted man-of-the-match for a familiar dogged display against the Toffees, added: “Sergio is a top player and losing him disrupts the plans a little but I think Jose [Pozo] did a good job in the time he was on.“It’s not easy replacing Sergio Aguero.”last_img read more