Monday 18 December 2017

Pep sweats on Aguero as Jesus saves City

Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester City

Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola shrugged off questions about the penalty controversy which earned his side a 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough and instead focused on the fitness of Sergio Aguero, who limped off in the final minute of the game with what appeared to be a groin strain.

Guardiola revealed Aguero will undergo tests today to determine the nature and extent of the injury, amid fears he could miss out on part of his side’s run-in as they look to secure a top-four finish. Boro were 1-0 up at the Riverside Stadium through Alvaro Negredo’s early strike when referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot after Marten de Roon collided with City substitute Leroy Sane in the box. Sergio Aguero made no mistake from the spot, converting in the 69th minute.

Calum Chambers put Boro back in front only for the returning Gabriel Jesus to salvage a late point for the visitors in a 2-2 draw.

Guardiola said: “(On Monday) we will see but I think he has got a leg injury. But I don’t know - (on Monday) we will make the assessment.” City next face three consecutive home games against Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Brom, and Guardiola believes the results of those games will determine his side’s European fate for next term.

Guardiola said: “Now we have three games at home and those three games will decide whether we deserve next season to be in the Champions League or not.

“Today it was in our hands to fight for the third position and we have dropped that position.

“Now we have got to win games and make some good results at home,” he added.

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