Sergio Aguero will have tests on a suspected groin injury on Wednesday with Manchester City hoping the striker’s season isn’t finished.
The Argentina international hobbled off in the final minutes of City’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough on Sunday holding his leg.
City were initially hoping that Aguero had just suffered a dead leg but he will now be assessed on Wednesday to see the extent of the injury.
Pep Guardiola does at least have Gabriel Jesus back, with the Brazilian making his first start at the Riverside Stadium after missing 10 weeks with a broken foot.
Aguero started alongside Gabriel — with each scoring — and has been in fine form in the past two months, scoring 13 goals in his last 14 appearances.
And with City still fighting to secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification for next season, Guardiola will be desperate to have the 28-year-old available.
“I think [Aguero] is injured. We will make tests and see,” Guardiola told a news conference after the game.
City are already expecting to be without goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for the rest of the season while David Silva and John Stones are fighting to be fit for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace after missing City’s last two Premier League games through injury.