Sergio Aguero has revealed he will be on the sidelines for at least a month after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty.
The striker, who wore the number ten shirt in place of the injured Lionel Messi, sustained the injury in the first half in Ecuador's shock 2-0 win over the World Cup finalists.
BBC Sport reports that Aguero told TyC Sports in Buenos Aires while leaving a clinic in Argentina the extent of his injury:
"I think I'll be a month without playing. I'll go to the AFA national team compound to carry on with treatment. To recover from the tear I'll surely need a month although it will depend how it evolves."
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Aguero, told reporters that his fitness levels were in doubt before Argentina's game against Ecuador.
"I'd been playing very frequently and was in doubt (for the game against Ecuador) until the last minute but as a player you always want to be there and never know what can happen."
The injury was confirmed by the Argentina Football Association to be a hamstring tear in a statement released. "The studies we did today show that Sergio Aguero has a grade-two muscle tear."
Aguero will be a huge loss for both club and country as a result of the injury. He will miss a highly anticipated Manchester derby hosted by Louis van Gaal's side and two crucial Champions League games home and away respectively against consecutive Europa League champions Sevilla.
Argentina will miss the dynamic forward as on the sidelines with him is Lionel Messi. Both will miss the upcoming home game against rivals Brazil next month as Argentina will hope to get their first win of the campaign.
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