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Manchester City are hoping the injury which forced Sergio Aguero out of their Champions League elimination at Barcelona on Wednesday night is not serious as they are now solely focused on Premier League title glory.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side travelled to Camp Nou with a mountain to climb having lost their last-16 first leg clash 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium three weeks ago.
Despite a spirited performance Lionel Messi put the Catalan giants ahead on the night after 67 minutes. Pablo Zabaleta was then red-carded for a second bookable offence with 12 minutes remaining, before skipper Vincent Kompany levelled for 10-man City with a minute to go.
However, Dani Alves’s stoppage time goal sealed a 2-1 win for Barca who progress to the quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate.
The main concern for City now is Argentinian forward Aguero’s withdrawal at half-time with what looked like a recurrence of his ongoing hamstring injury problems as they look to add the Premier League crown to their Capital One Cup win.
It is unlikely that he will be fit in time for Saturday lunch-time’s trip to face Hull City, but City’s assistant coach Ruben Cousillas is hopeful a scan will show there is no long-term damage.
He said: “We don’t think it’s anything serious. He felt some muscle pain but it was more a precaution than anything else.
“It’s too early to know how long he’ll be out. We’ll do some tests to assess the injury.”
City are nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea but with three games in hand – and a superior goal difference – are 2.90 to win the title this season.