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Friday, 29 September 2017

Aguero Injured in Road Accident in Amsterdam, Manchester City Confirms

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero

Manchester City have confirmed that Sergio Aguero will return to England to be assessed by club doctors after being involved in a road accident in Amsterdam.

Sources told ESPN that Aguero, 29, suffered a fractured rib and could miss six to eight weeks because of the injury, which would initially rule him out for Saturday's Premier League clash with Chelsea and a crucial pair of World Cup qualifiers for Argentina next week.

City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed the injury at his news conference on Friday afternoon but did not specify how long Aguero would be out, saying: "The first impression is he has broken a rib but the number of days he will be out, I don't know right now."

Aguero was a passenger in a taxi en route to the airport in Amsterdam after attending a concert on Thursday night put on by Maluma, a Colombian singer, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a column on the side of the road.

Guardiola said Aguero would return to Manchester on Friday, but asked on the timeline for his return, Guardiola said: "I don't know, I am not a doctor. I don't know exactly what he had. Of course it was an accident. Fortunately he'll come back and recover as soon as possible."

And the manager confirmed that Aguero would be unavailable for Argentina for their final World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador, with the Albicelestecurrently outside the automatic qualifying places for Russia.

"He cannot play tomorrow and the international break -- maybe he was selected for Argentina but he cannot go there," Guardiola said. "We will see. I don't know the answers."

Aguero reportedly told Argentina Radio Metro personality Juan Pablo Varsky after the accident: "My rib hurts, it hurts a lot. I broke it. The taxi driver didn't see the curve and skidded. and when he skidded, we hit the post."

Aguero was on an approved day off when the incident occurred and Guardiola did not place any blame on the player.

"I think days off are to be happy. I want the players to be happy," Guardiola said. "Always I am a manager who doesn't like to train every day. I think the players have to rest mentally and physically. They can enjoy their lives. I want my players to have fun.

"If they decide to go there, they decide to go there. It is OK for me. We have enough rules. Play right, left, defend long balls, set-pieces, control the counter-attacks. Enough rules."

City confirmed the incident in an club statement, which read: "Sergio Aguero will be assessed by Club doctors today after being involved in a road accident on Thursday.

"The City forward was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries. He will return to Manchester this morning and his status will be checked ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash at Chelsea."

Contacted by ESPN FC, a spokesman for the Amsterdam police department said: "A taxi crashed into a lamppost on De Beolelaan at 23:00 hours. Two persons have been taken to hospital for observation. The passengers of the cab have asked for their names to be kept confidential."

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Maluma posted an image on Instagram of Aguero signing a Manchester City replica shirt for him, with a caption celebrating their friendship.

Aguero also shared an image on the social media site thanking Maluma for the invitation to the concert.

Independiente, the Argentine club where Aguero began his career, wished the striker a "speedy recovery" on Twitterand added: "All Independiente is with you at this difficult time."

Roberto Mancini, who brought Aguero to City from Atletico Madrid in 2011,tweeted a message of support which read: "I'm sorry for [Aguero's] car crash. Come on boy, come back soon."

Aguero is one goal away from equalling City's all-time scoring record. His goal tally currently stands at 176, after scoring eight in his first 10 appearances of the current season in all competitions.

The news comes on the heels of another injury setback for Manchester City, who revealed on Thursday that defenderBenjamin Mendy could be out for the remainder of the season after rupturing knee ligaments.

Source: ESPN

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