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Sergio Agüero has surgery, faces race to be fit for World Cup

The Argentine striker – Manchester City's record goalscorer – has been troubled by a problem in his left knee for the past five weeks.

Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero is recovering from minor surgery on his knee but said today that he is "motivated" to get back on the pitch soon. Doubts remain, however, over whether he will be fit to join the Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.

The Argentine striker – City's record goalscorer – has been troubled by a problem in his left knee for the past five weeks.

On Friday, City boss Pep Guardiola admitted he was unsure when the 29-year-old, who has scored 30 goals this season and 199 in total for the club, would be fit again.

Agüero has now had keyhole surgery in a bid to resolve the issue.

"Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee," he tweeted. "Fully motivated to get back soon to the field."

No timescale for his recovery has been given but, with City already crowned Premier League champions, the World Cup in Russia, which starts in June, will be his main target.

Agüero has not started a game since City's victory over Chelsea on March 4, although he was an unused substitute against Basel on March 7.

Following a month-long lay-off he returned to action as a late substitute in the derby defeat to Manchester United on April 7, when he was hurt in a controversial challenge from Ashley Young that went unpunished.

After that he was unable to train fully in the build-up to the second leg of City's Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on April 10. Again, he was only able to appear as a second-half substitute.

With the issue still bothering him, he was ruled out of last Saturday's 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur, with Guardiola casting doubt over whether the forward would play again this season.

- AFP

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