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Pellegrini: No regrets over Aguero

January 31, 2014
By Richard Jolly

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said he has no regrets about using Sergio Aguero for the whole of the FA Cup tie against Watford, even though his top scorer broke down injured in the next match.

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Aguero is likely to be out for a month after injuring a hamstring in Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Tottenham, when he scored City’s opener to take his tally to 26 goals this season.

The Argentina international scored a hat trick against Championship Watford as City came from 2-0 down to win 4-2, and Pellegrini admitted he would have preferred to only use him for 75 minutes.

Aguero was only making his third start after a month out with a calf problem when he had to be taken off at White Hart Lane. He is now set to miss the Premier League and FA Cup clashes with Chelsea as well as the first leg of City’s Champions League tie against Barcelona.

But Pellegrini said: “[I would take] the same decision. I think he was in the right way to come back for the team.”

“It was important for Sergio to continue playing [against Watford]. Maybe if it is a normal game and we were winning, he would play 75 minutes, so it was not an important amount of minutes. Maybe in that game he played 10 or 15 minutes more, but I don't think that had a direct relation with his injury.”

Summer signing Stevan Jovetic, who has had an injury-hit City career, came on to replace Aguero against Tottenham and scored his first Premier League goal.

And Pellegrini said the Montenegrin could stand in for the Argentine in his absence, adding: "It is an option."

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