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SPORTS | 21-04-2018 16:34

Serious doubts over injured Agüero’s chances of making World Cup

The Manchester City striker suffered from pain in his knee since March 11 and and could no be in the two friendlies Argentina had at the end of March.

Sergio Agüero is recovering after surgery on his left knee and will start treatment soon, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Wednesday amid uncertainty about the player’s fitness for this summer’s World Cup.

The Manchester City striker suffered from pain in his knee since March 11 and was forced out of action for Argentina in two friendlies at the end of March. On Tuesday, Agüero underwent surgery in Barcelona and will be sidelined for the rest of the season in England. The Albiceleste’s first game at the World Cup in Russia is against Iceland on June 16.

Asked if the striker’s season was over, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “Here, yeah. He will be out for four or five weeks. He is in Barcelona right now. We are going to fight to get him to the World Cup.”

AFA said on its Twitter account that the former Independent forward “is recovering correctly after the surgery and tomorrow [Thursday] will begin his treatment.”

“Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee. Fully motivated to get back soon to the field,” Agüero wrote on his own account.

Earlier in the week, AFA doctor Homero D’Agostino has cast serious doubt over Agüero’s chances of making the tournament, telling radio station Radio 10 that the player’s recovery “should take at least five weeks” and that the striker’s condition was “worrisome.” D’Agostino added on sports network TyC Sports that Agüero “is not going to be 100 percent in shape with so little time prior to the World Cup.”

Agüero scored 30 goals for his club side this season and is considered a key player for the national team. The 29-year-old has not started a game since City’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea on March 4. Before City’s 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, the injury flared up again. – TIMES/AFP/AP/XINHUA

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