Sergio Aguero is expected to miss two to four weeks of action after breaking his ribs in a car accident in Amsterdam on Thursday.
The Argentinian has been criticised by some, including Martin Jol and Martin Keown, for travelling to the Netherlands days before Manchester City travel to Chelsea but Pep Guardiola said he has “no problem” with it.
“He had a day off. He's OK - the most important thing,” the City boss told reporters, per BBC Sport.
"If they are fathers, they have a full responsibility on their shoulders on and off the pitch. They know what they have to do. He's strong enough. He travelled in a private jet, so no problem.
"He's healthy, he's alive. The most important thing is he's OK. Why should he apologise to me? No."
Still, it must frustrate the 46-year-old that he will be without his star striker for today’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
Aguero has made a terrific start to the season, scoring seven goals in all competitions, and City are fortunate that they have so much depth in attacking positions.
Aguero has tweeted about the incident
The 29-year-old took to Twitter on Friday evening to explain what happened in the taxi after his trip to watch singer Maluma, claiming seatbelts “prevented it from being worse.”
“Thank you with all my heart for the supportive messages, they really do help me in recovering,” Aguero wrote.
“The taxi I was riding made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole. It was a very heavy slam but seatbelts prevented it from being worse.
“I’d like to thank the staff of the VU University Medical Amsterdam for their care and support. Hats off to all their team.”
Aguero then posted a photo of himself after returning to Manchester, adding: “I'm home in Manchester after an exam by club Drs. It's a broken rib. Hurts, but I'm fine, fully focused on recovery. Thank you all!”
A relief for Manchester City, then.
Martin Jol: It was a ridiculous thing to do
While Guardiola insists he has no problem with Aguero leaving the country, former Tottenham Hotspur boss Jol believes the City manager will be privately stewing.
"This was ridiculous to do, to go to Amsterdam on a Thursday,” Jol told BBC Radio 5 live. “At Spurs you couldn't go out after a Wednesday.
“Pep will talk to him and let him know that it can't happen again.”
More criticism will fly his way should City lose against Chelsea this evening.
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