The latter stages of this evening’s Carabao Cup final saw attacking stars from both Manchester City and Aston Villa pull up with fitness concerns.
City down Villa
The League Cup showpiece took place at Wembley a short time ago.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City headed into proceedings as understandable favourites to emerge victorious, with the Sky Blues having also been in search of their 3rd-straight League Cup crown.
And, when all was said and done, this was precisely what City managed.
A hard-fought affair in London eventually saw the Citizens put a game Villa side to the sword by 2 goals to 1.
Sergio Aguero opened the evening’s scoring with 20 minutes on the clock, lashing home with the help of a deflection following Phil Foden’s nod back across goal.
And it was 2-0 ten minutes later, as Ilkay Gundogan’s corner from the right was headed home by the unmarked Rodri.
Aston Villa, though, to their credit, refused to roll over and accept defeat, before pulling one back courtesy of Mbwana Samatta’s bullet header shortly before the interval.
But, in the end, Dean Smith’s men were unable to find an all-important equaliser, as City went on to make it three Carabao Cup titles in three seasons.
Aguero & Grealish concerns
As outlined above, however, an otherwise positive evening for the Sky Blues was soured ever so slightly by a concern on the injury front.
With less than 10 minutes remaining at Wembley, Sergio Aguero pulled up with a knee issue, eventually forcing the Argentine to limp off.
And, though Aguero himself has since moved to quell fears over the problem, it remains to be seen whether City’s top-scorer is set for a spell on the sidelines.
The victors were not the only ones left sweating over the fitness of a key performer following the full-time whistle, though.
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish limped through the final moments of the matchup, before collapsing to the Wembley turf upon his side’s defeat being confirmed.
Like Aguero, it now remains to be seen whether the Villans’ star man is set for any type of considerable spell out of action.