Man City reeling as Aguero ruled out of Rome trip

Sat Dec 6, 2014 4:50pm EST
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By Mitch Phillips

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City’s already slim hopes of remaining in the Champions League beyond next week suffered a devastating blow on Saturday when a tearful Sergio Aguero joined their lengthening injury list.

Aguero, the Premier League's leading scorer with 14 goals, suffered a knee ligament injury in the opening minutes of City’s 1-0 home Premier League victory over Everton and has already been ruled out of their final group game away to AS Roma on Wednesday.

The Argentine striker, who has been in the form of his life in recent weeks, looked distraught as he was helped from the pitch and replaced by 18-year-old Jose Pozo.

"It is not good news, he has problems with his knee ligament. He will not be with us for Roma," City manager Manuel Pellegrini told reporters.

"He was more calm when I saw him after seeing the doctor but generally we are not sure how he is."

City have mustered only five points from their first five Champions League games but can still go through to the knockout stage behind group winners Bayern Munich if everything goes their way.

If City win they will go through as long as CSKA Moscow do not beat Bayern in Munich but the English champions could also progress with a score draw if the Russians lose.

However, Aguero’s injury could not have come at a worse time, with fellow forwards Steven Jovetic and Edin Dzeko both struggling for fitness.   Continued...

Yaya Toure stands over Sergio Aguero of Manchester City as he reacts after sustaining an injury during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, December 6, 2014.    REUTERS/Darren Staples