Aguero blow for Pellegrini

first_img Top scorer Sergio Aguero is set for a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury as City moved top of the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday with a 5-1 win at Tottenham. The prolific Argentinian had taken his tally for the season to 26 before limping off just before half-time at White Hart Lane. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini expects the goals to continue flowing despite injury to the player he regards as the most important at the club. But with 115 goals scored in total by City this season, Pellegrini is not overly concerned. City won seven and drew one during Aguero’s month-long absence with a calf injury recently. Pellegrini said: “Of course it is very difficult because Sergio is a top player for us but I think we will replace him. “Sergio has just come back from an injury when he could not play for a month, and all the other strikers – Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and now Stevan Jovetic – replaced him. “I hope they continue the same way but, I repeat, we lose the most important player at the club.” Aguero had been playing in just his fifth game since returning from the calf injury and he had scored in all of them, including a hat-trick against Watford in the FA Cup. His new problem will rule him out of next Monday’s top-of-the-table clash with Chelsea and the follow-up meeting in the FA Cup fifth round later in the month. Most notably, he will also miss the first leg of City’s last-16 glamour tie against Barcelona in the Champions League but there is a possibility he could face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final on March 2. Without Aguero, City will host Chelsea on Monday looking to assert themselves at the top of the table. The convincing win at Spurs lifted Pellegrini’s men into first place and prompted opposing manager Tim Sherwood to describe them as the best team on the planet. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho attempted to crank up the pressure ahead of Monday’s game by dismissing that statement. “Maybe, for the Tottenham manager, the planet is England,” the Portuguese said. Mourinho has, however, said recently he regards City as title favourites, even though his third-placed side beat them in October and trail them by just three points. But Pellegrini, who was replaced as Real Madrid boss by Mourinho in 2010, has no interest in any verbal jousting. He said: “I feel I never comment on nothing that Mourinho says. “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.” Pellegrini is also too modest to agree with Sherwood. “I don’t know if we are the best team on the planet,” the Chilean said. “I know that if we play every game the way we played, especially the first 45 minutes – for the whole game but, of course, after they were with one player less it was little a bit easier – we are a very good team.” What is not in doubt is the importance of Monday’s eagerly-anticipated contest. Pellegrini said: “For both teams it is a game of six points. “With Arsenal we are the three involved for the fight for the title, and also Liverpool and Everton, so every game we play against all those teams is a game for six points.” Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny businessman has promised to cut the price of his petrol to try and ease the pain of Donegal’s loss at Croke Park yesterday.Mairtin KellyKelly’s Centra Topaz at Mountaintop has decided that for the next four weeks to give away 5c per litre of peoples petrol/diesel bill if they spend €50 in either the shop & diner or a combination of both.Owner Mairtin Kelly said “I was at the match yesterday and I know how disappointed people will be. So to help lift their spirits and help with the costs we’re giving away 5c off petrol or diesel when they spend €50 in the shop or diner or a combined purchase from both. “It’s not the Sam Maguire but hopefully it will help folks get over the loss at Croker.”All the promotion details are available on Kelly’s topaz / Kelly’s diner FB page or check instore for detailsFinally Mairtin urged fans to welcome home the side this evening in Donegal Town.“They’ve done this county proud over the last four years and we should all thank them for that,” he added.  BUSINESSMAN CUTS FUEL BY 5C TO EASE THE PAIN OF CROKER LOSS! was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Croke ParkdieselMairtin Kellypetrollast_img read more