Aguero confirms hamstring tear

Cruzeiro striker Wellington Paulista has confirmed he is on his

way to West Ham United and is determined to make a success of his

move to the Premier League.

Paulista is due to arrive in England on Sunday to undergo a

medical ahead of finalising a loan move to Upton Park, with the

option of a permanent arrangement.

He will not require a work permit as he holds an EU passport and

the Brazilian is looking forward to the next chapter in his


“I have had two successful spells at Cruzeiro,” Paulista told

Lancenet. “I thank the fans for their kindness during the time I

was honouring the blue shirt.

“I am sure I am leaving via the front door and I hope I can

return in the future.

“The transfer was good for everyone involved, now I’ll work hard

to succeed in this new stage of my career.”

Cruzeiro’s director of football Alexandre Mattos wished Paulista

well for the future and paid tribute to the 28-year-old’s time at

the club.

Mattos told Terra: “Cruzeiro thanks Wellington, who is a great

professional. He has always honoured and liked Cruzeiro, just like

Cruzeiro likes him. He leaves with the club’s doors open.”

Aguero missed City’s 3-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup third

round on Saturday after suffering the problem late in the 3-0 win

over Stoke on New Year’s Day.

Roberto Mancini initially said he hoped to have to his joint

top-scorer back for next weekend’s trip to Arsenal, but that now

looks doubtful.

“The studies confirmed I have a torn muscle,” Aguero wrote on

his Twitter account tonight. “We have to keep on thinking positive

and try to recover in the best way possible.

“For that, I’ve travelled to Italy where a specialist is

treating me. I’ll keep you up to date in how the injury


Aguero has 10 goals for City this season, level with Edin Dzeko,

with both players on the mark against Stoke.

Carlos Tevez replaced his fellow Argentinian in the line-up

against Watford and scored the opening goal.