Most clubs would miss a player of Sergio Aguero’s calibre, but Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City are able to take such an absence in their stride.
The Argentina international has been in sensational form for the Etihad Stadium club this season, with 26 goals in just 25 appearances in all competitions. This tally would doubtless be even more impressive had he not missed the best part of a month of the campaign with a calf injury, from which he made a return to action last month.
Aguero is now facing a similar length of time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, which he picked up in the 5-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek. This means he will not line up against Chelsea for a crucial Premier League match on Monday night, but Stamford Bridge boss Mourinho doesn’t believe City will be losing too much sleep over this.
“He’s a fantastic player, but he’s one of so many,” said the Portuguese. “Even the fourth striker (Stevan Jovetic), comes on and scores (at Tottenham). For the last months Sergio was injured and the third striker, (Edin) Dzeko, was making the difference and scoring a lot of goals. So for them it’s not important if somebody is injured.”
Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon means the Gunners are back on top of the league standings, but City can reclaim this position with a win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. This would also see them move six points ahead of Mourinho’s side, who many believe are the real threat to City’s hopes of winning the title.