Guardiola won’t get strict after Aguero car crash
Kun out for ‘2-4 weeks’
Pep Guardiola has no problem with Sergio Aguero spending a day off in Amsterdam after the Manchester City striker was injured in a car crash in the Dutch city.
Aguero has broken a rib after being involved in a road accident while visiting the city for a concert.
The accident occurred at around 23:00 as Aguero travelled back to an airport in a taxi after attending the gig, performed by Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma.
There was concerns he could be miss up to two months of the season, but a City spokesman last night confirmed that after assessment by club doctors the 29-year-old will be out for “two to four weeks”.
Guardiola earlier said: “I think days off are to be happy. I want the players to be happy. Always I am a
manager who doesn’t like to train every day.
“I think the players have to rest mentally and physically. They can enjoy their lives. I want my players to have fun. If they decide to go there, they decide to go there.”
Aguero is understood to have been hurt when the taxi came off the road and hit a post.
He will miss the leaders’ trip to champions Chelsea today and will be unavailable for Argentina’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador next week.
Guardiola added: “He cannot play tomorrow and the international break – maybe he was selected for Argentina but he cannot go there.”
Aguero told Argentinian station Radio Metro: “The taxi driver did not see the curve and skidded. And when he skidded, we hit the pole. I broke my rib, now I’m resting. It hurts me badly.”
News of Aguero’s accident came after further bad updates on injuries to left-back Benjamin Mendy and captain Vincent Kompany.
Mendy has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament and is facing a lengthy spell out while centre-back Kompany has missed the last six games with a calf injury.
Kompany has been called up by Belgium but Guardiola insists he won’t play and is travelling instead to meet with Belgian doctors and national coach Roberto Martinez.
Painful absence: Sergio Aguero.