Mancini hints at Man City striker move after Aguero injury

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 20th, 2012
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Sporting’s defender Joao Pereira (BOTTOM) vies with Manchester City’s Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero during an UEFA Europa League round of 16 football match at Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon on March 8, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Roberto Mancini says he could make a move into the transfer market for a striker as he was left “worried” by a knee injury to Manchester City hero Sergio Aguero.

The club’s record signing – and man who scored the winning goal to make them Premier League champions – was taken off on a stretcher in only the 14th minute of yesterday’s 3-2 opening-game win over Southampton.

The full extent of Aguero’s injury and time on the sidelines is not yet known with more tests due today but the player moved to allay fears last night, tweeting: “The studies I had done revealed there’s no significant injury but it was a very tough hit to my knee.”

Mancini indicated a long absence could see another move for either Edinson Cavani at Napoli or Athletic Bilbao’s wantaway frontman Fernando Llorente.

The City boss said: “If it is a serious injury, we will probably change our [transfer] plans. Maybe he is out for a week, or three or four weeks, or after the international break.

“Usually the knee is always dangerous, this injury was maybe was so strange. I’m worried. We hope it’s not serious, but at this stage I don’t know.”

City, who gave a debut to new signing Jack Rodwell, were stuttering rather than sparkling as they came from 2-1 down to claim three points with a winner from Samir Nasri. .

“We were not 100 per cent,” added Mancini. “We did some mistakes but the big problem was we missed five or six chances when we were 1-0 and then it changed.” Nasri said:

“We didn’t panic. We were a little bit low but we said we can do it. We did it for the crucial game [against QPR] but next time it will be better if we win one or two nil.”

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins said: “We know it’s going to be massively challenging but we have to find ways to win games. We have just played the champions and they are the yardstick.”

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