Guardi­ola won’t get strict af­ter Aguero car crash

Kun out for ‘2-4 weeks’

Sport360 - - Front Page - By Andy Hamp­son @andy­hamp­son editorial@sport360.com

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.

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