Manchester City has several key players out with injuries as they take on AFC Bournemouth on Saturday in Manchester including top goalscorer Sergio Aguero.
Aguero and David Silva both got injured during the international break while playing for their countries. Aguero had a phenomenal game for City right before the break, scoring five goals in the 6-1 win over Newcastle. Left back Aleksandr Kolarov will also miss the game with an injury.
“Aguero has a muscle injury and I don’t think he will be back inside a month, and Silva came back from international duty with a kick on the ankle,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini told The Guardian. “Like Aleksandar Kolarov, he could be out for two weeks.”
Pellegrini also said that he will have some players back including captain Vincent Kompany and powerful midfielder Yaya Toure. Kompany has been out for a while with an injury but did feature for the Belgian national team as they secured a place in Euro 2016.
“We were happy for him to join up with his national squad, we would never prevent him from doing that, but we sent him with a medical note advising them not to play him,” Pellegrini said. “Belgium then said they could do whatever they wanted, which it seems is the case. No rules have been broken but perhaps some rules should be changed for the future. A player should not be allowed to appear for his national side if he has missed the last three games for his club. When you have been out for a month you need to prepare properly before you come back.”
Bournemouth will also be without some key players as Callum Wilson, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings are all out with knee injuries and are unlikely to feature this season. The Cherries suffered another blow a few days ago when Tommy Elphick had to undergo surgery for an ankle injury, as he will be out for around eight weeks.