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Man City boss Pep Guardiola admits serious concerns over Sergio Aguero’s fitness

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Pep Guardiola has admitted serious concerns about Sergio Aguero’s long term fitness.

Guardiola left the club’s record scorer on the bench even though Manchester City desperately needed a goal to stop their disappointing start to the campaign suffering another defeat.

But City boss Guardiola insisted they will have to manage his games very carefully from now on which casts doubt over the 32-year-old’s future in terms of being able to be their No1 striker.

Aguero, whose contract expires in 2021, has struggled to come back from a raft of injuries, the last one being a serious knee issue suffered in June which kept him out of their Champions League campaign and has restricted him this season.



a man holding a football ball: LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)


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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Guardiola said: “I’m not going to say we don’t need Sergio, we need him. But Sergio, when he was 31 years old, was injured for five months with a difficult and dangerous injury.

“He came back, played 50/55 minutes and then got injured again. We want him and I want Sergio fit because I now discover how important he is for us with what he has done in the Premier League.

“But we have to be careful so he doesn’t come back and get injured again. We need the right moment to put him inside. Hopefully it can be soon and maintain the regularity to play games.”

City are struggling to score goals, they are stuck in mid-table and yet Guardiola admits that the fixture schedule has made it impossible to do anything on the training pitch other than match fitness.

When asked how easy it is to work on the training ground, Guardiola said: “Impossible. But for all the clubs it is the same so I’m not saying we have an advantage or disadvantage. It’s just impossible. No chance.

“It is my responsibility as a manager to lift them and to give them as much as possible. I have never in 12 years pointed the finger at someone. Everyone is going to solve it.

“I would love to have Sergio back, I would love to have Gabriel back but they are not going to solve all the situations. We scored in two seasons more than 100 goals and 80/90 percent of the players are the same, especially up front.

“We lost Leroy Sane, but he didn’t play much last season because he was injured all season and we

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Pep Guardiola reveals fitness concerns sustained by crucial Man City defender

During Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, Pep Guardiola decided to bring Kyle Walker off the pitch and replaced him with Oleksandr Zinchenko – with the Ukrainian international recently returning from injury. 

Following the match, the Manchester City boss went on to reveal the reasons behind his decision, citing the fact that Kyle Walker has started every game for the club this season. Guardiola was also quick to confirm that the England right-back was ‘exhausted’.

“He [Kyle Walker] was exhausted. He [Kyle Walker] has played every minute here and with the national team. He is exhausted. I don’t think [he will be rested in Marseille], tomorrow we will regenerate, we will travel to France and see how the people feel.”

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Pep Guardiola also revealed after the game as to why he decided to bring on Zinchenko as opposed to the more attacking-minded Ferran Torres, who certainly impressed in the midweek victory over Porto. Guardiola claimed that he wanted to have a left-footed player on the left, and further explained:

“It was to have a left-footed [player on] left, and right-footed on the right. That was the reason why – on the left, we go inside and the right we have problems to lose balls and needed to play more on the left.”

Although Manchester City had to make do with a draw, ending a fantastic run of nine consecutive victories over West Ham, Kevin De Bruyne’s return to action will prove to be a huge boost for Pep Guardiola’s side, who now turn their attention to Champions League duties on Tuesday night.

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