By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Manchester City’s Champions League clash against Borussia Mochengladbach on Tuesday night.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that the striker has still not recovered from the foot injury that has forced him out of City’s last two matches.
It is a blow to City, who have lost two of their last three Premier League clashes and have struggled during Aguero’s absences this season.
Speaking at his media conference on Monday, Pellegrini said: “Sergio has an injury which means he can’t work. He needs time to recover – it’s not serious, it’s a pain injury.
“We hope he will be back this week but we’ll see how he improves in the next day. If he can run with normality, he can work.”
Fernando and Martin Demichelis will also miss the Champions League encounter, which City must win to have a chance of clinching top spot in their group.
But the City manager has welcomed Yaya Toure back into the squad after the Ivory Coast international missed the 2-0 defeat at Stoke on Saturday through injury.
Aguero’s absence is likely to be keenly felt by City. The Argentine left Etihad Stadium on crutches nine days ago after limping out of his team’s 3-1 over Southampton that afternoon and, as revealed by Football Insider at the start of last week, the injury is more serious than Pellegrini initially claimed.
Last season’s 26-goal Golden Boot winner is the club’s top scorer with nine goals this season despite also missing six weeks with a hamstring injury he sustained on international duty.
City are already without key players in Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Pablo Zabaleta, as well as Samir Nasri, who is facing a battle to play again this season.