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Sergio Aguero is facing a battle to be fit in time for the start of the new Premier League season in just over a fortnight after picking up a knee injury.
The 25-year-old Argentine international striker has not taken part in any of City’s pre-season matches after being diagnosed with muscle and ligament fatigue to his knee and was also left out of Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella’s squad for the forthcoming international friendly against Italy in Rome on August 14.
Despite being an unused substitute for City’s 2-1 Audi Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Thursday, Aguero is thought to be struggling to be involved when the new Premier League campaign gets under way against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, August 19.
City will not want to rush the £38million forward and will ensure he recovers properly ahead of the new campaign, with the medical staff keeping a daily eye on his progress.
With millions at their disposal, City are not short of options and if Aguero fails to make it for the Magpies opener, new boss Manuel Pellegrini has the luxury of being able to call on recent signings Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.
Meanwhile, captain Vincent Kompany believes the club have done well in the transfer market this summer and claims the new men will settle in straight away as they prepare for a push to regain the Premier League title from arch-rivals Manchester United.
Speaking to The Sun, Kompany said: “You can see that whoever is responsible for bringing in the players at City did their homework really well.
“They bring something different to the team and I’m sure they’ll have a great season.”