- POSTED: 01 Feb 2014 07:36
Manchester City's leading scorer Sergio Aguero is likely to be sidelined for around a month due to a hamstring injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Friday.
LONDON: Manchester City's leading scorer Sergio Aguero is likely to be sidelined for around a month due to a hamstring injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Friday.
The Argentina international, who recently missed eight matches with a calf problem, was forced off in the first half of City's 5-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Wednesday.
"The doctor is seeing him -- maybe one month, but we are not sure absolutely," Pellegrini told reporters.
The injury to Aguero, who has scored 26 goals this season, arrives at an unwelcome juncture in City's campaign, with the 2012 English champions having just taken over from Arsenal at the top of the league table.
He stands to miss the first leg of City's Champions League last 16 tie with Barcelona, as well as key league and FA Cup games against Chelsea.
However, with City having already amassed 115 goals in all competitions this season, Pellegrini believes that his team can cope with Aguero's absence.
"It is very difficult. Sergio is a top player for us, but I think we can replace him," said the Chilean.
"As with the other injury, we hope we can continue to do it. But, of course, he is a very important player for us. Sergio is just coming back from an injury -- one month that he couldn't play.
"All the other strikers -- Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and now Stevan Jovetic -- replace him."
Despite the blow of losing Aguero, City approach Monday's home game with Chelsea knowing that victory would seriously enhance their credentials as title contenders.
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood described City as the best team on the planet after their five-goal display at White Hart Lane, which drew a caustic response from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
"Maybe, for the Tottenham manager, the planet is England," Mourinho said.
Mourinho also claimed that City had benefited from some "lucky" refereeing decisions in recent weeks, but Pellegrini refused to take the bait.
"I feel I never comment on nothing that Mourinho says," said the City manager, who was succeeded by Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2010.
"I don't have nothing against Mourinho. It is not me against Mourinho, or him against me. On Monday, it is Manchester City against Chelsea. Both teams are fighting for the title, nothing more."