World Cup - Aguero's 'tournament over due to injury'

Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is out of the World Cup after suffering a muscle tear in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria, it is being reported.

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Aguero was stretchered off against Nigeria (Reuters)

Aguero's injury, which could not be immediately confirmed by the team spokesman, would be a major blow to the South Americans' campaign to capture a third World Cup, this time on the soil of their great rivals Brazil.

"This morning the worst news was confirmed. He has a tear and won't be able to play any more in the cup," Argentine newspaper Clarin said on its website.

The Manchester City forward was taken off during the first half of the match against Nigeria that gave them top spot in Group F.

Coach Alejandro Sabella said afterwards he had a muscle problem, and TV channel TyC Sports reported that he had suffered a tear to his left leg.

Argentina next play in Sao Paulo on July 1, a last 16 knock-out game against Switzerland.

Fellow strikers Ezequiel Lavezzi or Rodrigo Palacio could take Aguero's place.

"We have forwards of the same style as Aguero and others, with a different style, like Lavezzi, who came in and handled himself well on the wings and helped us cover spaces," Sabella said after the Nigeria game, where Lavezzi replaced Aguero.

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