Manuel Pellegrini has assured Manchester City fans over Sergio Aguero’s fitness, following the apparent knock that the striker picked up against West Brom.
The Argentine forward scored a penalty in the 2-1 win over the Baggies, but was substituted off in the dying minutes after limping around for a length of time.
With City looking to overcome Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final this week, Pellegrini would rue losing the 27-year-old attacker – even for just a few days.
However, the Chilean manager has allayed any fears that Aguero could miss the PSG match, with City holding the advantage following their 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes.
When pressed about the lasting effects of Aguero’s injury, Pellegrini said: “It was just a kick. I don’t think [there will be any problem for Tuesday’s match].”
Pellegrini named a starting line-up with five changes from the team that started against PSG in midweek, and the coach has admitted that he had to field a much-altered team due to the upcoming clash against the Ligue 1 champions.
“The starting XI was thinking about Tuesday,” he added. “With Kevin De Bruyne just coming back from a long injury, Fernandinho was tired, David [Silva] has some problems.
“We had to make starting XI analysing lots of different things, but the target was to win three points – and we did.”