Premier INDEXSaturday, April 21 2018
Back to my roots. Sergio Aguero is the latest addition to my INDEX portfolio. The Argentine had knee surgery on Tuesday to repair damaged cartilage and there were conflicting reports on his expected length of absence initiating a sharp price drop.
Firstly, national team doctor Homero D'Agostino raised concerns: "I imagine that he will not arrive 100 percent fit with the limited time that is left before the World Cup.” However, his father was quick to allay growing fears by confirming the operation “went fine” and that Aguero should be training again in around ten days.
Four years ago, I was asked to comment on Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal who underwent similar procedures, both of whom recovered in a little over a month prior to the finals in Brazil. And City boss Pep Guardiola reinforced the notion that Aguero would be okay in Fridays press conference: “It’s four or five weeks. We will try and get him ready for the World Cup. He’s in Barcelona now. The first part of his rehabilitation.”
Aguero has 60 days and I fully expect the striker to be ready for the opener versus Iceland. Argentina didn’t pull up any trees during their qualifying campaign, although La Albiceleste should go deep in the tournament which will bode well for those holding FUTURES in the striker.
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