Manchester City will have to find another source for goals in the near future as star striker Sergio Aguero will be sidelined with a torn hamstring.
UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 11 at 8:40 p.m. ET by Shawn Brubaker
Aguero will not be out as long as initially feared, according to a FOX Soccer update:
According to the update, Aguero will be back by City's match against Fulham on January 19. That is great news for a club that is in championship contention. City will look forward to that day to see what the recovering Aguero can do on the pitch.
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Aguero provided information on his injury via his Twitter:
The studies confirmed I have a torn muscle. We have to keep on thinking positive and try to recover in the best way possible.— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) January 5, 2013
For that, I've travelled to Italy where a specialist is treating me. I'll keep you up to date in how the injury evolves.— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) January 5, 2013
The 24-year-old Argentinian scored from the penalty spot in City’s 3-0 Premier League win over Stoke City on New Year’s Day, but he was unable to finish the match due to this injury. After undergoing tests in Italy, the damage to his hamstring is more serious than first suspected.
Aguero has scored 10 times this season, with eight of his successful strikes coming in EPL matches. He is tied for the team lead with Edin Dzeko, who will be called upon more often during Aguero’s rehabilitation.
This is a serious blow to Manchester City’s campaign at an inconvenient time. Aguero had scored three goals in the last five matches, and his team trails arch rival Manchester United by seven points in the table.
City is now facing a difficult away match against Arsenal in its next fixture.
There is currently no timetable for Aguero’s return. The Daily Mirror notes that manager Roberto Mancini had originally expected to have his star striker against the Gunners, but that is no longer a likely scenario.
Dropping more points in the Premiership would be disastrous for the Citizens, and the team cannot afford to let United continue to build its lead. Even if the team does keep pace, it will be hoping for Aguero to be back quickly in order to make a surge in the second half of the season.
Check back here for updates on his condition going forward.