Will Sergio Aguero cost Manchester City the Premier League title?

Sergio Aguero is so injury prone that he might end up disrupting Manchester City’s title assault this season

There are three certainties in life. Death, taxes and Sergio Aguero getting injured on a regular basis.

Last season’s leading Premier League scorer is currently nursing an ankle injury which has seen him miss the last four Manchester City matches, while it’s touch and go whether he’ll be fit for Monday’s trip to the Emirates.

It is clear that Aguero is still a class act, as could be seen against Newcastle in October where the Argentine scored five times to put the Magpies to the sword and illustrate that he’s capable of demolishing teams singlehandedly.

Earlier in the campaign, Aguero gave John Terry such a torrid time that the Chelsea defender was withdrawn at half-time, with Asmir Begovic goalkeeping heroics denying the City forward more than just the one goal he scored.

However, the man known as Kun has only been able to play a cameo role here and there for City this season. Injuries have prevented him getting a run in the team and the bottom line is that Aguero has scored just two Premier League goals if you take away the five notched against Newcastle.

This gives Manuel Pellegrini a problem. Aguero is the star striker at the club, one which forms an integral part of the best possible team, although the 27-year-old’s absence hits City hard on two counts.

Firstly, they are obviously without the goals that he’s capable of scoring. And we’re talking big old volumes here. Aguero scored thirty-five goals for club and country last season, with the striker suffering a lean patch between December and March before going on a spree.

But his absence means that Pellegrini is left with Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho as his sharp-shooters in the Premier League, Champions League, Capital One Cup and FA Cup.

Edin Dzeko has moved on pastures new, with City looking short in the striking department, even if Bony has managed to score seven goals since October.

City aren’t the only ones to have injury problems and their main title rivals Arsenal have also been missing key players this season, most notably Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck. The Gunners have also more recently been without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez.

However, Aguero is the hottest striker in the Premier League when he’s 100% fit – the bookies still put him among the Golden Boot favourites this season at 5/1. The only issue is that this happens very rarely at the moment, with the forward hardly going to benefit from sustaining a series of injuries that might end up seeing him compromise speed and precision as part of his game.

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  • Jeremy Poynton

    No – but missing Kompany may well.