Sergio Agüero is almost certainly out for a month because of his hamstring problem in a further serious injury blow to Manchester City.

The club’s record goalscorer sustained the injury in the draw at West Ham United on Saturday and means Pep Guardiola is again without his two frontline strikers – Gabriel Jesus also has a muscular problem.

Agüero was only three games into a return from the serious knee injury he sustained in June but is now unlikely to return until after next month’s international break.

Guardiola was asked about the prognosis for the 32-year-old. “I don’t know, it depends on the injury: 10-15 days is the minimum,” he said. “If it’s a little bit longer it will be three weeks, one month. The muscular [injuries] normally don’t move away from these parameters. And the case of Sergio will be the same, there will be no exception.”

Asked if whether Agüero, who is out of contract in the summer, signing a new deal is dependent on staying fit, Guardiola said: “I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about it because I am not involved with this. If I should be involved in contracts, maybe the day should be 48 hours, not 24. What I want is Sergio fit, for himself and to be enjoying football. That will dictate the future. Continue reading

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