The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed that the Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is a major doubt for the match against Arsenal after a fortnight. The former Atletico Madrid striker has been one of the best players at the club since his £ 38 million move from the Spanish club more than a year ago. He has settled to life in English football brilliantly and has been one of the first-team regulars at the club. City have made an indifferent start to the title defence and are currently seven points behind leaders United.

Hence, they need to have their best players available for all the matches if they are to have any hope of retaining the title, but they have been dealt a major blow with the news that Aguero is unlikely to be available for the big match against Arsenal. In between the match, City will be playing in the FA Cup against Championship club Watford. Aguero is unlikely to be a major miss for the match, but playing against Arsenal away from home is a major proposition. City cannot afford to drop any more points in the league, and Mancini has said that he has his fingers crossed over the fitness of his star player.

“It’s difficult to assess an injury like that but my experience says he is doubtful for Arsenal. There will be a lot of swelling in there and a bit of bleeding and we will not know for 48 hours how long he will be out for. It is irrelevant whether Yaya disappears or not. The challenge is to keep winning football matches. We have a squad of players that we have to choose 11 from. Whichever 11 we put on the park,” said the City assistant manager David Platt after the 4-3 win over Norwich.

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