Sergio Aguero injury spoils Manchester City win over Stoke as Roberto Mancini promises rotation

By Colin Henrys

Manchester City could be without Sergio Aguero for up to a fortnight after the Argentinian striker pulled a hamstring late on during the home win against Stoke City.

Aguero – who capped a resounding victory by converting a penalty after Pablo Zabaleta and Edin Dzeko put City in front – limped off with fifteen minutes remaining.

And assistant manager David Platt said Aguero was unlikely to be available for City’s FA Cup match against Watford on Saturday, and the trip to Arsenal the following week.

“Sergio won’t play at the weekend and is probably doubtful for the trip to Arsenal but we’ll know more in 48 hours,” he said.

“It’s too early to make an accurate assessment but it’s a blow for us because he’s been playing so well.

“There are different degrees of hamstring injuries which is why we need to assess the extent of what has happened until Thursday.”

Samir Nasri will also miss those two matches after being sent off against Norwich City on Saturday, while Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak all depart for the African Nations Cup this week.

Manager Roberto Mancini admitted squad rotation was therefore going to be compulsory for the FA Cup game, particularly after a run of four games in nine days.

“It’s clear that we will change some players, but not a lot,” he told the club’s website.

“We’ll see what happens with Sergio and whether players are tired.

“We need refreshment for some players because it’s impossible to play with no players for four games.”

Despite Aguero’s injury however, Mancini was satisfied with City’s display as they bounced back from their Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland with a second consecutive Premier League win.

“I’m very pleased,” he said.

“It’s a very good start to the year and it’s important we finish the season well.

“Today we did a good performance, we played very well. We have played four games in nine days – this is very hard but I think we did very well.”

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