Sergio Aguero is running out of time to give himself a fitting farewell at Manchester City as he prepares to leave the club.
Aguero was sorely missed in the Champions League quarter-final defeat last August and Pep Guardiola found it difficult to find a solution when the player’s injury problems continued into this season.
However, the team have found a way to win without a conventional striker and the club are confident enough with their plans in the summer transfer window to have decided not to offer the Argentine a new deal beyond the summer.
With two Premier League games to go, Aguero needs one goal to equal Wayne Rooney’s record of 183 goals scored for one club in the competition – and two to break it. The second of those matches will potentially be his final one at the Etihad, with 10,000 Blues being able to attend for the first time in over 14 months to see their team lift a trophy and give Aguero a good send-off.
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Then comes the Champions League final in Porto, one of the biggest games in the history of the club and a match that their record scorer has toiled to make a difference in since he joined back in 2011.
However, Aguero is facing a battle to be fit for either game after feeling something in his leg before Newcastle and even if he is available Guardiola admits he will have to be cold about whether to select the 32-year-old or not.
“Right now he is injured so now he’s not fit. I would say I would be cold,” said Guardiola.
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“I have to take a decision which is the best to win that game. I believe that if Sergio is fit he is going to help us, that is for sure. If he is going to help us score goals he is going to play, but it’s the final of the Champions League. I have to take the decision that gives us the best chance of winning that game.
“He has niggles. He’s a little bit disturbed in his leg, his adductor. He felt something before the Newcastle game. Today he’s still not fit. Hopefully he’ll be ready to play against Everton.”