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Manchester City can breathe a sigh of relief after talismanic striker Sergio Aguero came through Argentina's World Cup qualifying clash with Paraguay unscathed.

The 28-year-old was initially expected to miss the crucial clash after suffering an adductor injury against Peru at the weekend, but started against Paraguay after passing a late fitness test.

However, it was a night to forget for the former Atletico Madrid frontman, as he missed a penalty in a shock 1-0 defeat.

City boss Pep Guardiola will be keeping his fingers crossed that Aguero returns to the Premier League club unscathed, with the player previously admitting an injury gamble had led to an extended absence from first-team action.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday's clash with Paraguay, Aguero said: "When you're at the national team you always want to take part, but the last time, for wanting to continue, I ended up injured against Ecuador.

"Sometimes you think: 'Why didn't I stop?' Because then I'm out for a month and a half and I miss six or seven games for City.

"But when they call you for the national team, you want to play at any cost. That's how it is."