Aguero has knee surgery; return uncertain

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Manchester City's latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero's victor with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

It was reported that the player had visited specialist Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona for an exploratory surgery this week due to persistent swelling in the joint.

Aguero made another brief cameo appearance during City's vain attempt at a Champions League comeback against Liverpool last week, but manager Pep Guardiola ruled the 29-year-old out of Saturday's 3-1 win over Tottenham, citing Young's challenge as the cause of the injury.

Aguero (pictured), City's top scorer with 30 goals, said: 'This is my third title with City and it's just a relief not to have to wait to the final day this time!

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"Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee", Aguero tweeted. He didn't give a timescale for his return, saying only he is "fully motivated to get back soon to the field".

However, the striker is expected to be a key figure for Argentina, who play their opening World Cup match against Iceland on June 16.

"He will play the World Cup without problems", a report in Argentina claimed.

City were actually confirmed as champions on a day they were not in action, as Manchester United lost to West Brom on Sunday.

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