Sergio Agüero, who has missed over 230 days of Premier League football since his arrival in England three summers ago, is undoubtedly Manchester City's best player.
His overall contribution to the team cannot be overexaggerated, he is simply their spearhead in attack and his goalscoring ability is definitely something for all supporters - rivals included - to enjoy.
City's worry over his fitness understandable
Injuries have hurt his form at times over the past few years, but the talented Argentine keeps returning to his best and breaks records each time. It was no surprise then, that the Ethiad faithful were extremely quiet once they saw their talismanic forward clutching his ankle in grimacing pain after landing awkwardly after trying to challenge for an aerial ball fizzed into the area during the match yesterday.
Having been given a tough, overtly-physical time by the Southampton defenders all afternoon, the 27-year-old limped off and was replaced by Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony with 25 minutes left to play - with fears that he could be sidelined for an extended period, even though he has recently returned from a hamstring injury sustained during the October international break.
Pellegrini reassures supporters
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News, manager Manuel Pellegrini said the knock was "nothing important", and Aguero was going to be taken off shortly anyway, to rest and recover.
Pellegrini also said he'd spoken to Sergio prior to kick-off, saying that he was not going to play more than an hour as his match-fitness and overall sharpness continues to improve.
He'll have a scan later today to confirm whether the damage is minor or not, but even so, he's not expected to feature in their upcoming Capital One Cup quarter-final fixture against Hull City on Tuesday evening. This could mean a start for Kelechi Iheanacho leading the line up-top, as the young Nigerian impressed during their comfortable victory over Crystal Palace in the previous round.