‘Aguero im­pos­si­ble to re­place’

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Manch­ester City have the at­tack­ing op­tions to cope with the ab­sence of first-choice striker Ser­gio Aguero, man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini said while ad­mit­ting the Ar­gen­tine is im­pos­si­ble to re­place.

Af­ter a quiet start to the cam­paign, Aguero scored five goals in the 6-1 win over New­cas­tle United this month but much to City’s dis­may he tore a mus­cle in his left thigh while on in­ter­na­tional duty.

With the in­jury set to keep Aguero on the side­lines for a month, Pel­le­grini is con­fi­dent he can bank on his other strik­ers, Wil­fried Bony and 19-year-old Kelechi Iheana­cho.

“Kun (Aguero) is im­pos­si­ble to re­place but we know we have an­other op­tion in at­tack,” Pel­le­grini told re­porters af­ter Wed­nes­day’s 5-1 vic­tory over Crys­tal Palace in the League Cup. “I think this mo­ment im­por­tant for the team have Kelechi and Bony

op­tions with­out Kun. “They can play both to­gether as they did tonight. Bony played well tonight. Of course Kelechi was very im­pres­sive but Wil­fried is quiet as he knows he has my trust and his team­mates’ trust,” he added.

City have scored 12 goals in four games with­out Aguero and Pel­le­grini praised Iheana­cho af­ter his strong dis­play against Palace, with the Nige­rian scor­ing one goal and set­ting up two.

“It was very im­por­tant for Kelechi to demon­strate once again that he’s a very good player. He has things to im­prove but he’s work­ing in the cor­rect way,” Pel­le­grini said. it’s to as

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