Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of action for 10 weeks, Barcelona confirmed on Monday, deepening the Catalans’ troubles ahead of the new season following Lionel Messi’s shock departure.
Aguero, a close friend of Messi and his international teammate with Argentina, joined Camp Nou as a free agent in June after 10 years with Manchester City.
Barca’s statement said the 33-year-old had injured a tendon in his right calf muscle and would be out for around 10 weeks.
This means he will not make his debut until October 17 at the earliest, when they host Valencia in La Liga.
Aguero’s problem comes after a final season with City blighted by injuries, limiting him to only seven Premier League starts.
Coach Ronald Koeman is now short of striking options for his opening league game against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Only Martin Braithwaite, Antoine Griezmann and Memphis Depay are his remaining forwards.
Messi, meanwhile is reportedly finalising a move to Paris St Germain.
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