Aguero ad­mits in­juries in car ac­ci­dent could have been far worse

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SER­GIO Aguero has ad­mit­ted he could have suf­fered far worse than a bro­ken rib in his re­cent car crash in Am­s­ter­dam.

The Manch­ester City striker was in­jured while spend­ing a day off in the Dutch cap­i­tal a fort­night ago when a taxi in which he was trav­el­ling crashed into a post.

Aguero’s in­juries were ex­pected to keep him out of ac­tion for be­tween two and four weeks but the 29-year-old re­alises the ac­ci­dent could have left him in a much worse con­di­tion.

Aguero said: “When I got to the hospi­tal I asked the doc­tor if I could play for City on the Satur­day. He said, ‘I don’t be­lieve so’.

“I took a mo­ment to think and re­alised it’s thanks to wear­ing a seat-belt that I’m able to talk about this at all.”

Ar­gentina’s na­tional team doc­tor was quoted last week say­ing Aguero was likely to be side­lined for up to six weeks, but the player him­self ap­pears to have the ini­tial prog­no­sis in mind.

That means he could have a chance of re­turn­ing to ac­tion in to­mor­row’s Pre­mier League clash against Stoke at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

Aguero, who was pic­tured back in light train­ing ear­lier this week, said: “I’ll re­join the group and see how I feel, whether I’m com­fort­able or not.”

Aguero was also asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing joined at City by coun­try­man Lionel Messi.

Ru­mours link­ing the Barcelona star with City have been com­mon in re­cent years.

The five-time Bal­lon d’Or win­ner’s present con­tract sit­u­a­tion at the Nou Camp is un­cer­tain, but Aguero said: “City would have no money prob­lems in re­gards to sign­ing Messi, but he is a sym­bol of Barcelona and it would be very dif­fi­cult for him to leave.”

Aguero’s in­juries forced him to miss Ar­gentina’s cru­cial fi­nal World Cup qual­i­fiers but Messi res­cued a trou­bled cam­paign to se­cure a place in Rus­sia next sum­mer with a stun­ning hat-trick against Ecuador.

“I sent a mes­sage to Messi, a nor­mal one, as I did to ev­ery­body,” Aguero said.

“I con­grat­u­lated him and thanked him for all he’s been do­ing for the na­tional team.”

LUCKY ES­CAPE: Manch­ester City’s Ser­gio Aguero.

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