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To comply with Fifa regulations enabling national associations to assess the fitness of injured players, City have not blocked Agüero from flying to South America to be examined by the Argentina doctor, despite concerns over his state of fitness.
But after landing in Buenos Aires in the early hours of Tuesday, Agüero insisted to waiting reporters that he had not ruled out playing against Peru in Lima next week.
“I’m here until the Peru game,” Agüero said. “Today, the knee still hurts and it bothers me, but things might change in two or three days. I will see the doctors of the Argentinian FA.”
Speaking on Aug 24, however, Mancini appeared to make it clear that Agüero would not be fit to represent his country this week after condemning the rules stating that the player had to return to Argentina for tests.
“It is ridiculous.” Mancini said. “These are the rules and we need to respect these rules, but they are ridiculous rules.
“It’s impossible because Sergio needs a minimum of two weeks without training and then maybe he can start again. He can’t go [to Argentina].”
Despite initially insisting Agüero would not travel to Argentina, Mancini and City have now agreed to allow the Argentines to assess the player to maintain good relations with the AFA.
The medical staff on both sides are currently communicating and City remain hopeful that Argentina will not take unnecessary risks with the £34 million forward.
Having dismissed Agüero’s chances of playing in the qualifiers, however, Mancini is now faced with the possibility of his number one forward jeopardising his fitness ahead of a key stage of City’s campaign.
After the trip to Stoke, City begin their Champions League campaign with a Group D opener against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu before return to England to face Arsenal at the Etihad.
Mancini is already expected to be without Italian forward Mario Balotelli for the fixtures against Stoke and Real because the player will be undergoing laser eye surgery to help alleviate a conjunctivitis problem, but Agüero’s anticipated return to action had been due to make up for the absence of Balotelli.
With Agüero suspended for Friday’s clash against Paraguay in Cordoba, the 24 year-old is expected to be monitored for the remainder of the week by the Argentines.
But having been selected for the squad for the Peru game by coach Alex Sabella, it is understood that no decision will be made on Agüero’s fitness until the weekend.
Meanwhile, £15.8 million deadline day arrival Javi Garcia claims he has signed for the “biggest club in England” after leaving Benfica for the Etihad.
The Spain midfielder, who is likely to make his City debut at Stoke next week, said: “I’m very pleased that everything was sorted out in the end. The last few days have seemed very long and quite hard going but at the end of the day, as I say, I’m very happy.
“Without a doubt I’m at the biggest club in England and one of the biggest in Europe.
“We were speaking with the people at Benfica trying to convince them that this was a real one-off opportunity for me.
“Now I just can’t wait to get started here. I’ve come to play in a superb league, for me the best in the world, and I’m really eager to make my first appearance for the team.”