Praise for Carlos Tevez but Roberto Mancini sweats on Sergio Aguero's knee

 

Roberto Mancini conceded that he fears the worst over Sergio Aguero after the Manchester City striker was carried off on a stretcher yesterday with what looked like a serious injury to his right knee.

The City manager said he was "worried" about the fitness of his £40m striker, who will be taken for a scan on the injury, sustained in the eighth minute of the season's opening game, when the swelling around the critical area subsides. He fell awkwardly after a challenge from Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, which was not a foul.

"We hope he will not have a serious problem," Mancini said. "It's his knee so I am worried, yes. Usually the knee is always dangerous. His knee injury was so strange [in the way that it happened]. I am worried. The good thing was that he tried to play but at the moment we can say nothing [definite].

"If it [turns out to] be a serious injury, normally we will change our [transfer window] plans, but for this we will have to wait. Maybe it will be one week or maybe it will be three or four weeks, or maybe after the international break."

Despite initially waving away the stretcher-bearers and walking to the side of the pitch on his own, Aguero eventually agreed to be carried down the tunnel. City won the game despite being 2-1 down to second-half goals from substitutes Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis after Carlos Tevez had first given them the lead. With David Silva also having missed a penalty in the first half, they recovered to win through Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri's goals.

Mancini's suggestion that the potential absence of Aguero could change City's plans in the last two weeks of the transfer window is unlikely to make much difference to Adam Johnson's future. The club have received a £10m offer from Sunderland for the winger although it is expected that Tottenham Hotspur will run them close when it comes to signing Johnson.

There remains an interest in the Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi from City. Even should Aguero's injury be serious, Mancini dismissed the possibility of a recall for Emmanuel Adebayor or Roque Santa Cruz.

On Johnson, Mancini said: "He is a young player, a young guy and wants to play. Now we wait for these 10 days. If we find a good solution and he can go to play, I think maybe it's better. If not, he will stay here. I don't know [about a loan]. We have two or three situations and are talking to him about this. He wants to play and I agree with him – when you are young you want to play."

Praising Tevez's contribution, Mancini said that it was "the first time in 10 years" that the striker had enjoyed a full pre-season. "When a player has had a good pre-season he can perform very quickly at the start of the season," Mancini said.

The Southampton manager, Nigel Adkins, who did not start with last season's top goalscorer in the Championship, Lambert, praised his players for coming within 20 minutes of beating the champions. "Our defenders have just played against the best forward line they've ever played [against] in their lives and I think manfully they've put a good performance in," he said.

"I think City only conceded 12 goals at home last season. We've just scored two against them. We knew it was going to be challenging but I thought we utilised the group of players we have intelligently to try and get something from the game.

"I give great credit to our players, they've put a shift in again. I think that's going to give us a lot of belief. We've got to be intelligent to give ourselves an opportunity to win because that's what ultimately it's about."

 

Get Adobe Flash player

 



Arts and Entertainment
A host of big name acts recorded 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' in London on Saturday
musicCharity single tops chart
News
people
News
peopleChildren leave in tears as Santa is caught smoking and drinking
Arts and Entertainment
Uuganaa Ramsay
arts + entsHow the proud name of a people became an offensive term
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
peopleFormer civil rights activist who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine has died aged 78
News
Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, formerly known as Frank Maloney, entered the 2014 Celebrity Big Brother house
people
Sport
Dwight Gayle (left) celebrates making it 1-1 with Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak
premier leagueReds falter to humbling defeat
Arts and Entertainment
Morgana Robinson
arts + entsIt is not easy interviewing Morgana Robinson. Here's why...
News
video
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin