Manchester City have this evening been dealt a concerning blow on the injury front, after Sergio Aguero limped off during the club’s meeting with Burnley.
City run riot
The Citizens returned to action a short time ago, in a Premier League meeting with the Clarets at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola’s men were hoping to make it 2 wins from 2 following the resumption of top-flight in England, after making short work of Arsenal last Wednesday.
City also headed into proceedings aware that a victory over Burnley would rule out the possibility of Liverpool clinching the title versus Crystal Palace in 2 days’ time.
As such, when all was said and done, it came as little surprise to see the Sky Blues emerge with all 3 points.
An utterly dominant display on the part of the soon-to-be dethroned champions saw youngster Phil Foden grab the headlines, with an impressive brace.
Riyad Mahrez also netted twice, with David Silva City’s other scorer amid a superb team display.
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) June 22, 2020
As outlined above, however, an otherwise positive evening’s work for Guardiola’s men was soured to at least some degree by a blow on the injury front.
The player to have picked up the problem was Sergio Aguero.
Just moments before the interval, a drilled delivery from the left saw the Argentine hitman beat Ben Mee to the pitch of the ball.
The Burnley stopper, though, followed through with his challenge onto Aguero’s ankle.
Following a VAR check, a penalty was awarded, with Aguero having been expected to step up to take the spot-kick himself.
However, it quickly became evident that Mee’s challenge had left City’s all-time top goalscorer unable to continue, with Riyad Mahrez having taken responsibility from 12 yards as a result.
Aguero went on to limp down the tunnel, with Pep Guardiola having been left looking rather concerned following a brief exchange between the pair.
CITY SUB | Jesus comes on in place of Aguero…
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 22, 2020
In other news relating to ongoings in Manchester this evening, meanwhile, Burnley have been forced to issue a statement, after a banner featuring the club’s name was flown over the Etihad prior to kick-off.
The banner in question showcased the message ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’, evidently in response to the recent Black Lives Matter initiative.
As such, the Clarets have moved swiftly to completely disassociate themselves from both the aircraft and ‘offensive’ accompanying message, courtesy of the following statement:
‘Burnley Football Club strongly condemns the actions of those responsible for the aircraft and offensive banner that flew over The Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.’
‘We wish to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor.’
‘This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for and we will work fully with the authorities to identify those responsible and issue lifetime bans.’
‘The club has a proud record of working with all genders, religions and faiths through its award-winning Community scheme, and stands against racism of any kind.’
‘We are fully behind the Premier League’s Black Lives Matter initiative and, in line with all other Premier League games undertaken since Project Restart, our players and football staff willingly took the knee at kick-off at Manchester City.’
‘We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter.’
Club Statement https://t.co/n2wh8tFlv5
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) June 22, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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