Sergio Agüero has all but resigned himself to missing Manchester City’s Champions League campaign and believes he may not play again until next season due to his knee injury.
While City flew to Lisbon on Monday before Saturday’s quarter-final with Lyon Agüero remained in Barcelona as he continued his recovery. It is understood he has told friends that the chances of him recovering in time to be part of Pep Guardiola’s squad for the competition are slim.
Agüero suffered the injury in the 5-0 win over Burnley on 24 June, City’s record goalscorer being replaced on 48 minutes at the Etihad Stadium. The striker subsequently required surgery.
Agüero could still join the team in Portugal but whether he will be available appears unlikely. In his absence Gabriel Jesus has scored five goals in his past seven games, including the winner in Friday’s 2-1 victory over Real Madrid at the Etihad that sealed passage to the quarter-final.