Collision course

Argentina are reportedly on a collision course with Manchester City over the fitness of striker Sergio Aguero after a recent injury.

It was expected that the player would not leave Manchester for the international break but a report on Thursday evening has suggested otherwise.

The Argentine forward suffered a minor injury that was expected to keep him out of action for around two weeks.

Though, despite the games against Italy and Spain coming over the next week, Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli wants to play against the latter.

With the Spain clash coming on Tuesday next week, that would no doubt be putting Aguero’s fitness at risk ahead of his return to Manchester City.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

That could well cause some tension between Argentina and City but Sampaoli claims they are in regular contact.

“We have been talking to the medical team at Manchester City, trying to evaluate the situation to see if he can play any part of the two games,” Sampaoli said.

“It looks likely that he will miss [the Italy] game and we are assessing and evaluating him for the second match against Spain.

“It will be hard for Aguero to play against Spain, but we want to try. It’s worth the effort.

“We’ve spoken to City about this. If there is a substantial improvement, he could travel to Madrid and play. But it is difficult because of the little time left.”