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Pellegrini Eases Aguero Fears

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was taken off in Saturday’s victory over Southampton as a mere precaution, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Kevin de Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Aleksandar Kolarov all netted for the hosts, while Shane Long headed one back in return for the Saints.

The Citizens were very comfortable for large periods of the game, although the half time introduction of Dusan Tadic for Southampton saw Ronald Koeman’s side fight back.

Aguero started the game but came off with 64 minutes on the clock after appearing to land awkwardly on his ankle.

The Argentine was struggling to walk as he headed straight down the tunnel to be replaced by Wilfried Bony.

However, Pellegrini insists the striker was only set to play for 65 minutes anyway and the substitution was to protect for any serious injury.

Pellegrini said: “Kun [Aguero] came off as a precaution.”

“I spoke with him before the game and we said he would play 65 minutes. He has a kick in his heel, but nothing important.”

The Manchester City boss failed to confirm whether Aguero will be available for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Championship side Hull City.

The Chilean may look to hand Bony a start after he returned from a spell on the sidelines to make a cameo appearance at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.