Argentina suffered a major blow for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Paraguay with superstar striker Sergio Aguero suffering a calf injury in training. The Manchester City player suffered the injury on Sunday and looks doubtful for the upcoming qualifier on Tuesday in Cordoba.
The Argentina management would be hoping that the striker recovers before the key clash, as they are already missing Lionel Messi due to injury. The striker played in the 2-2 draw against Peru and was replaced after 73 minutes by Ever Banega.
La Albiceleste would be missing their main striker who is set to undergo a scan on his injury. With medical reports expected to come by Tuesday morning, the team doctors would take a late call on the striker’s position and involvement in the game.
I feel better, says Aguero
Aguero injured his left calf during the game against Peru, but according to Manchester Evening News, the striker may be risked for Argentina’s all-important game against Paraguay.
The Manchester City striker said that he feels better, “I’m much better. After the Peru game, I had two days to make the recovery and I did a little bit of football today. I’m quite well. Luckily the pain I had before Peru went away, it was on the adductor, and certainly to protect the adductor I overloaded the calf a little.”
If Aguero is unavailable, coach Edgardo Bauza would look to Juventus’ prolific striker Gonzalo Higuain to lead the line. Argentina would be hoping Juventus teammate Paulo Dybala and PSG’s Angel di Maria support the former Real Madrid striker.
Argentina are languishing in fifth position in the qualifying group. They too took the lead twice against Peru on Thursday - with Ramiro Funes Mori and Gonzalo Higuain scoring, but Paolo Gurrero’s strike and Christian Cueva’s late penalty saw Peru leave with a point.
Important player for Manchester City
On the club front, Manchester City face Ronald Koeman’s Everton as they look to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League after the international break.
Aguero has scored 33 goals for the national team since making his debut in 2006 and is regarded as one of the finest strikers in world football currently.
Pep Guardiola, Aguero’s manager at Manchester City would be hoping that his striker is available for Saturday’s visit to Everton. Aguero has been in fine form for City, scoring 11 goals in just 8 games.
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