Man City striker Aguero breaks rib in car crash

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September 30, 2017
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal, completing his hat-trick against Watford during their English Premier League match at Vicarage Road in Watford, England, on Saturday September 16, 2017. (AP Photo)

MANCHESTER, (AP):

Manchester City striker Sergio Ag,ero confirmed he broke a rib after being involved in a car accident in the Netherlands, two days before his team's biggest Premier League game of the season.

Ag,ero tweeted late yesterday: "I'm home in Manchester after an exam by club Drs. It's a broken rib. Hurts, but I'm fine, fully focused on recovery. Thank you all!"

Ag,ero attended a concert in Amsterdam on Thursday evening and was on his way to the airport for a private flight back to Manchester when the taxi he was travelling in crashed into a lamp post.

The Argentina international spent the night in the hospital before returning to Manchester yesterday. He will not be available for the match against Chelsea in the Premier League today.

The accident happened at 11 p.m. local time, on Ag,ero's day off. City had scheduled its training session for 11 a.m.

"The taxi I was riding made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole," Ag,ero said on Twitter. "It was a very heavy slam but seat belts prevented it from being worse."

Asked if he had given Ag,ero permission to be in Amsterdam, City manager Pep Guardiola said: "I'm not the police."

"I want the players to be happy," Guardiola added. "They have to rest mentally and physically and they have to enjoy their lives. If he decides to go there, that's OK with me."

On Thursday, Ag,ero posted a picture on Instagram of himself alongside Colombian singer Maluma, saying: "Thanks for the invitation!"

Maluma was performing in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.

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