23 Aug 2012

Aguero injury not as bad as first thought

5:58 am on 23 August 2012

The Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will be out of action for just one month despite suffering what looked like a serious knee injury during the Premier League champions' 3-2 win over Southampton on Monday.

Aguero was stretchered off after less than 10 minutes at Eastlands after twisting his knee in a challenge and it was initially feared the 24-year-old Argentine could be sidelined for most of the season.

However, following a scan and a period of assessment, City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed Aguero, who scored his team's dramatic title-winning goal against QPR on the final day of last season, could be back in action in time for his team's league clash at Stoke on September 15th.

Mancini has also been boosted by news that England midfielder Gareth Barry and right-back Micah Richards are ahead of schedule as they return from injuries.