Manchester City Aguero Injury Headache is a Migraine for FPL Managers
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Manchester City’s Aguero Injury Headache is a Migraine for FPL Managers
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It has been well documented that over 133,000 FPL managers transferred Sergio Aguero in to their FPL teams following his 5 goal haul against Newcastle last weekend despite the evident injury risks associated with an international break. The worst fears of those 133,000 managers and the 34% of managers who have selected him in their teams were realised on Friday morning when news broke from Argentina of a grade 2 muscle tear on the forward’s hamstring – a new injury according to his national boss.
A timescale of 2 to 8 weeks was initially assessed and with that looking more and more likely to be at least 4-6 weeks over 50,000 managers have already looked to transfer him out of their teams. The news is all the more disappointing as Aguero would have almost certainly been the captain choice of many managers for game week 9 with a home game coming up against Bournemouth this weekend but the realisation will soon set in and the question is whether you should keep him in your team or drop him for game week 9 potentially up until game week 13.
Four game weeks is an eternity in Fantasy Premier League and we would suggest that Aguero simply has to be dropped. So the next question has to be when to do so? Aguero’s price shot up to £13.3m and depending on what price you bought him for will dictate when you should make the decision to sell – but you will have to keep checking for potential price drops using the usual twitter feeds. If you bought him for £13.3m then you probably just need to make the sale and take the point hit, but if you bought him for £13m then you have at least the buffer of one -£0.1m drop before it effects your price. In which case we would suggest you wait as long as possible as there is still another full round of international fixtures to come – and whilst most of the home nations are safely qualified there are plenty of other big international teams with key games to come who will not feel like resting players.
Who to replace Aguero with in your FPL team?
Manchester City are facing a mini injury crisis ahead of game week 9 with the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva, Gael Clichy, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero all set to miss out through injury – and the Silva/Aguero combination is a popular one for many FPL managers – but Aguero is the one you need to focus on and make the change – but with no less than 4 of the top 7 strikers currently injured the task of replacing Aguero in your Fantasy Premier League team is a daunting one.
There are two key players who stand out as replacement options for Aguero and they are the fresh from suspension Diego Costa with a home game against Aston Villa and Wilfried Bony who looks set to step in to the shoes of Aguero for Man City. The good news is that you will be able to afford any striker in the league. If you have another injured player – perhaps Yaya or Silva then you may want to take advantage of Arsenal’s good run of form and go for Alexis Sanchez and Wilfired Bony – quite a nice combination for game week 9 with Bournemouth and Watford the respective fixtures.
We will be keeping a very close eye on the happenings this week and will be back with plenty of updates plus our usual game week 9 tips and captain picks once all the internationals are out of the way.