Aguero puts country before club
MANCHESTER CITY star Sergio Aguero (caricature) is putting country before club and risk aggravating a calf injury.
The Argentina striker insists he was ready to face Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier early today despite limping off injured for his national side last week.
City boss Pep Guardiola will be left sweating on Aguero’s fitness after the South American revealed a similar gamble backfired last year.
Aguero said: “When you’re at the national team you always want to take part.
“But the last time when I wanted to continue, I ended up injured against Ecuador.
“Sometimes you think, ‘Why didn’t I stop?’. Because then I was out for a month and a half and I missed six or seven games for City.
“But when they call you for the national team, you want to play at any cost. That’s how it is.”
City take on Everton in the Premier League on Saturday before a huge Champions League clash against Guardiola’s old side Barcelona a week tomorrow.
Returning to the Nou Camp without his inform striker, who has bagged 11 goals already this season, would be disaster for Guardiola.
But Aguero insists he will not let Argentina down to protect his body.
He added: “For now I feel good physically. Within five minutes of the sec- ond-half against Peru I began to feel the tiredness on the calf and the coach noticed and took me out.
“But I’m quite well now - you get physical fitness playing, not training.
“I’m much better. After the Peru game I had two days to recover and I played a little bit of football. We did tests, they were good and I’m trying to get as fresh as possible.” – Daily Star