Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that he has no problem with Sergio Aguero, who met up with a car accident in Amsterdam earlier on Thursday.
The Argentina international sustained a broken rib while he was travelling to the airport with a taxi after watching Colombian singer Maluma at a music concert.
The Citizens had not provided an update on the Argentine striker following the incident, and it was left to Guardiola to release a statement over the striker's wellbeing, he said: "He had a day off. He's OK - the most important thing. I only knew this morning when I woke up. I don't want to know what my players do. If they are fathers, they have a full responsibility on their shoulders on and off the pitch. They know what they have to do. He's strong enough. He travelled in a private jet, so no problem. I don't know what the supporters think. He's healthy, he's alive. The most important thing is he's OK. Why should he apologise to me? No."
Aguero's cab had apparently hit a lamp post while making a wrong turn, but fortunately the marksman was wearing a seatbelt which prevented any additional injury. The fractured rib is likely to keep Aguero out for two to four weeks of first-team action, and this rules him out of this weekend's Premier League clash against Chelsea as well as the Argentina's World Cup qualifiers.
Argentina are currently fifth in their CONMEBOL qualification group, and they face a couple of tricky ties against Peru and Ecuador, both of whom are still in the running for World Cup berths. Despite Aguero's absence, Argentina have plenty of quality players in their ranks to secure a place in Russia, although they would want to avoid an extra set of fixtures in the inter-confederations playoffs against New Zealand - by finishing at least fourth in the standings.