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Aguero hamstring injury adds to Man City woes

By Sports Desk October 24, 2020

Sergio Aguero is set for another spell on the sidelines, adding to Manchester City's ongoing injury woes.

Aguero was replaced at half-time during Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at West Ham, a result that leaves Pep Guardiola's side languishing in 12th place with eight points from five matches.

The Argentina international did not suffer a recurrence of the knee injury that required surgery in June, but a hamstring strain means Guardiola is again set to be without a specialist senior striker amid a hectic schedule as Gabriel Jesus steps up his recovery from a muscular complaint.

"He's injured. A different problem. I don't know if it's serious," he told BT Sport, before confirming the precise nature of the 32-year-old's complaint at a post-match news conference.

The game at London Stadium was the first of three on the road this week for City, with a midweek trip to Marseille in the Champions League preceding a Bramall Lane meeting with Sheffield United next Saturday.

Phil Foden replaced Aguero and had a swift impact, lifting City from a tepid first-half display and clipping home a 51st-minute equaliser.

"As always, he gave us something extra," said Guardiola, who was brevity personified after seeing Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez spurn late chances for the win.

Foden offered a fuller appraisal and praised his manager's more pointed words inside the dressing room at half-time.

"I think we stated slow in the first half, weren't passing quick enough round the back and didn't have a good tempo," Foden told BT Sport.

"The manager spoke well at half-time and we came out and played better football."

The England midfielder added: "I like to arrive there and score goals. Long may it continue.

"It's nice to be playing as much as possible because I love this club and love playing for them."

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