Guardiola on Aguero’s day off and Mendy’s return date

Date published: Friday 29th September 2017 1:44

Pep Guardiola has no problem with Sergio Aguero spending a day off in Amsterdam after the Manchester City striker was injured in a car crash there on Thursday.

Aguero is understood to have broken a rib after being involved in a road accident while visiting the Dutch city for a music concert.

The accident occurred at around 11pm as Aguero travelled back to an airport in a taxi after attending the gig, performed by Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma.

“I am not the police,” said Guardiola when asked whether he was unhappy with the player travelling so far ahead of the game with Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Guardiola said: “I think days off are to be happy. I want the players to be happy. Always I am a manager who doesn’t like to train every day.

“I think the players have to rest mentally and physically. They can enjoy their lives. I want my players to have fun. If they decide to go there, they decide to go there. It is okay for me.”

News of Aguero’s accident came after further bad updates on injuries to left-back Benjamin Mendy and captain Vincent Kompany.

Mendy has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament and is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Guardiola said: “Mendy will be operated on this afternoon in Barcelona. He will be out until our semi-finals of the Champions League.”

Kompany has missed the last six games with a calf injury and remains out of action despite being called up for international duty by Belgium.

Guardiola said: “He only made one training session with us since one month ago. I spoke with (Belgium coach) Roberto Martinez. He is travelling there to make a meeting with the Belgium doctor but he is coming back. Of course he cannot play for Belgium.”

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