Even though City were taking part in their first game of the season, most supporters were more worried about the condition of Sergio Aguero during the opening periods of the Southampton game. The former Atletico Madrid striker was forced off with a knee problem after just eight minutes and Roberto Mancini claims that the club don’t yet know the extent of the injury and will have to wait two days for a scan.
Despite the optimism associated with the new campaign, City’s mood was soon crushed after the Argentine was involved in a challenge with Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne. Even though the 24-year-old attempted to get to his feet immediately, the fact that he dropped to the floor straight away has sent alarm bells ringing in the club.
However, it will be at least two days before City know the extent of the problem, with Mancini telling BBC Sport, “At the moment we don’t know. We need to wait for the scan in two days.”
Supporters will be praying that Aguero’s injury is only minor, with the £38m striker being a key part of City’s plans. Having joined the club last summer, the player proved to be an instant hit at the Etihad Stadium having grabbed thirty goals in his debut season. His impact on Mancini’s attack was phenomenal and with the team looking so much weaker following his injury on Sunday, fans will be desperate that the issue is not as serious as first thought.
With the player almost certain to miss City’s next game, it remains to be seen what options Mancini will go with. While Carlos Tevez looks like an automatic starter, there are question marks on his strike partner. Both Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli are pushing for a place, with the former probably the favoured option at the moment following his goal in Sunday’s clash.