Argentinian superstar has a long history of knee problems.
Key Manchester City front man Sergio Aguero is facing a race against time to be fit for the new Premier League season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Argentina international has not be named in his country’s squad for their upcoming friendly with Italy in Rome on Aug 14, five days before they kick off their own campaign, that has been arranged specifically to honour Pope Francis.
Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella announced a squad of only foreign-based players for the showdown on Wednesday, with Aguero’s name notable for its absence.
However, it is understood that after consultation between Sabella and the recently appointed City manager Manuel Pellegrini, it was decided not to call the 25-year-old up so that Aguero could instead use the time to gain some much-needed rest for his dodgy knee that has caused the striker a number of problems recently.
Aguero has already suffered two separate knee injuries since last August, the first of which kept the Argentinian out of action for a month, while the second problem in March also sidelined the attacker for a four-week period.
As a result, the red-hot marksman is now considered to be a doubt for City’s opening Premier League fixture of the new season against Newcastle United at Eastlands on Aug 19.