‘From 2013 I have been suffering’: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero reveals injured knee has been troubling him for five years… but insists he is now fit for the World Cup
- Sergio Aguero has lifted the lid on knee problems which curtailed his season
- A challenge from Ashley Young ended Aguero’s season after he scored 30 goals
- Aguero has also revealed how he initially struggled to impress Pep Guardiola
Sergio Aguero has lifted the lid on the long-term knee problems which curtailed his 2017-18 season and have bothered him for five years – but says he is fit for the World Cup.
However he missed the end of the campaign with right-knee trouble, an issue Aguero says he has dealt with for years, which flared up in the Champions League defeat by Liverpool and was aggravated by a challenge from Manchester United defender Ashley Young.
Sergio Aguero has lifted the lid on long-term knee problems which curtailed his season
A challenge from Ashley Young ended Aguero’s season after he had scored 30 goals
Aguero told TyC Sports: ‘From 2013 I have been suffering. I tried to make an effort to play in the Champions League [quarter-final defeat against Liverpool].
‘Pep supported me a lot. I talked with the doctors and I said that if we didn’t make surgery I could lose the World Cup.
‘After five years, my knee is like knew. I’ve always had problems but now I feel different, I can bend it and it’s a relief.’
Aguero has also revealed how he initially struggled to impress City manager Pep Guardiola
Aguero also revealed how he initially struggled to impress Guardiola, who signed Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus in January 2017 to provide competition up front.
Jesus initially took Aguero’s place in the team, leading some to speculate the 29-year-old was finished in Manchester – only for the Argentine to fight back.
Aguero said: ‘Guardiola is very demanding, it wasn’t easy at the beginning.
‘After Gabriel arrived, Pep had some alternatives for the starting XI, but at Manchester City we have a lot of matches in different competitions to show our performance.’