Sergio Aguero and David Silva will most likely miss the Manchester derby as international injuries could keep City duo out for a month.
By Connor Orchard
After a stellar start to the season, the first blow has been dealt to Manchester City. They have lost two of the most vital players in their starting 11, and it isn’t just looking like a flesh wound either.
Aguero is looking like he may be out for at least a month, after suffering a tear to his hamstring whilst playing for Argentina. David Silva on the other hand has sprained his ankle ligaments whilst playing for Spain on Friday.
When asked about his injury, Aguero said:
‘I think I’ll be a month without playing, I’ll go to the AFA national team compound to carry on with treatment. To recover from the tear I’ll surely need a month.
The Argentine FA later confirmed in a statement that Aguero has a Grade Two muscle tear, which can require anything from two to eight weeks to recover. And with Aguero’s history of hamstring injuries, I wouldn’t have my hopes up of a swift recovery if I were a Manchester City fan.
Now that Manchester City are without two of their best players, they must learn to adapt and play without the creativity of Silva and the goal-machine that they have in Aguero.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini is adamant that City can cope, and only time will tell if they can or not. They do have the likes of Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho to replace the star striker; and it is about time that Bony steps up, as he hasn’t done much since arriving from Swansea City for £25m at the start of the year.
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All hope is not lost though, as City do have an arsenal of options when it comes to their attacking players. We have already been seeing a lot of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling since they both joined the club respectively, and this will no doubt give Pellegrini some more attacking options when it comes to selecting his first starting 11 after the International break.
The last time Sergio Aguero was injured, the fixture list was very kind for Manchester City, as the likes of Leicester City, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley, Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday were exactly the kind of teams they wanted to be playing whilst Aguero was injured.
This time on the other hand, the fixture list isn’t looking as pretty. City only have two games before the Manchester Derby is set to take place on the 25th of October. Plus, without David Silva as well, we could be seeing Manchester United ending the big derby with a victory, and as a result of that, going a few points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
City have coped without Aguero before, and they can do so again, but they must adjust quickly, and cannot afford to drop points when they face Bournemouth on the 17th of October, as they do not want to be heading into a Manchester Derby with a low state of mind.
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