Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has breathed a sigh of relief, after Sergio Aguero revealed that the injury he suffered Sunday afternoon is not as serious as first thought.
The Argentine forward was taken off on a stretcher just eight minutes into the Premier League champions’ season opening 3-2 victory over Southampton. Aguero was unable to continue after an innocuous challenge from Nathaniel Clyne left him grounded, and the Italian manager was understandably worried that his star forward could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
"We don't know [the seriousness of the injury] at the moment," said Mancini, ESPN report. "We need to wait maybe two days for the scans. We hope it's not serious, but at this stage I don't know. I'm worried, yes.
The former Inter Milan boss also suggested that the club would be prepared to delve back into the transfer market, should Aguero be ruled out for a considerable period.
"Usually the knee is always dangerous, but this injury was so strange. If it is a serious injury, we will probably change our transfer plans.
"Maybe he is out for a week, or three or four weeks, or after the international break. I'm worried, but at the moment we can't say anything."
Manchester City’s top scorer from last season took to his personal Twitter account in a bid to reassure worried Mancini and City fans alike, tweeting that the injury is not as bad as first thought, following an initial assessment.
“The studies I had done revealed there's no significant injury but it was a very tough hit to my knee,” the 24-year-old tweeted,
Aguero also added that after further scans, Manchester City’s medical team will evaluate how long he will be out of action for, with the Daily Telegraph suggesting a period of three to four months on the sidelines, rather than months.
Despite Aguero’s early exit, Manchester City’s goal scoring capabilities didn’t suffer as they got their bid to retain the Premier League crown off to a winning start. A lean Carlos Tevez fired home the game’s opening goal, while Aguero’s replacement, Edin Dzeko netted an equaliser, before Samir Nasri slammed a winner into the roof of the net with ten minutes of the game remaining.