Premier League - Paper Round: Aguero crocked by child's toy

Sat, 31 Mar 05:03:00 2012

The mystery over Sergio Aguero's injury appears to have been solved with reports claiming his absence from recent action stemmed from a run-in with his child's mini motorbike.

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini had refused to elaborate on the problem that kept Aguero out of the 1-1 draw at Stoke - and will rule him out of today's clash with Sunderland and possibly even next week's vital trip to Arsenal - simply saying it was "stupid".

The secrecy over the nature of the blow got tongues wagging but the cause of it has now been revealed by the Daily Mirror - and it can justifiably sit alongside the likes of Dave Beasant's brush with a jar of salad cream and Robbie Keane's remote control incident in terms of bizarreness.

The paper states: "Aguero hurt his foot riding on a mini-motocross bike while playing with his three-year-old son Benjamin at their Cheshire home. The Argentine striker then treated the injury repeatedly with an anaesthetic freeze spray, causing burns and blisters that left him unable to play or train."

The Guardian expands: "Aguero is understood to have suffered an extreme reaction after a member of staff applied a spray to his foot. His skin is said to have reacted so badly to the spray that he has been left with burn-like blisters and his entire foot has swollen."

The Sun mischievously weighs in with the headline: 'Spray it ain't so' but for Mancini, unfortunately, it is.

Aguero's absence means the Italian coach will have to turn to the out-of-sorts Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli, yet Mancini has conceded he has lost trust in the latter.

The Daily Telegraph is one of a number of papers that carry Mancini's quotes about his loose cannon compatriot.

"No, I don’t trust Mario," Mancini said. "No, never, but Mario is like this. I don’t think anyone can trust Mario, but he is a top player and he can do everything.

"He could easily score two goals today or in the next game at Arsenal. But we can’t trust him. He can score three goals, he can take a red card. He can be important for us in the last eight games."

Meanwhile, most papers have the excellent news that Bolton star Fabrice Muamba is continuing to recover after his cardiac arrest on the pitch over a week ago.

Muamba's family have released a photo of the midfielder bearing a wide grin, apparently posing in his hospital room.

The mystery over Sergio Aguero's injury appears to have been solved. - 2 The Daily Star carries the picture on its front page, with the headline 'Muamba miracle!', while The Sun and the Daily Express are among other papers to run the good news story on their front pages.

To some transfer gossip, and Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were all so impressed by Markel Susaeta's performances over two legs against United in the Europa League, they are all keen on buying him.

The Athletic Bilbao winger has only got one year left on his current deal but The Sun reports he could leave the Basque club for a fraction of the £15 million he is rated at.

The Premier League trio could well have competition though, namely from Real Madrid - particularly if they lose Chelsea target Angel Di Maria, while moneybags Paris St Germain are also said to be interested.

The Daily Mail report that Chelsea ace Salomon Kalou will tell Chelsea he wants to play in a central role after it emerged AC Milan are targeting a move for the forward.

The paper claims: "The Ivory Coast international was virtually resigned to leaving Chelsea during Villas-Boas’ reign but his increased first-team chances has prompted a rethink."

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claims that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho may raid his former club Chelsea for promising young keeper Thibaut Courtois who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid.

The same paper reports that Fulham are set to extend Mahamadou Diarra’s contract until the end of next season, while the Daily Star quotes Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp as saying Luka Modric could be tempted by a £10m-a-year offer from Manchester City.


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