Aguero puts coun­try be­fore club

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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