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Pep Guardiola provides crucial update on Sergio Aguero fitness

Following Manchester City’s dominant 5-0 victory over visitors Burnley, Pep Guardiola revealed why Sergio Aguero was left out of the team entirely – despite a return from injury on Wednesday night against Olympiacos.

According to the City boss, Aguero had ‘niggles’ in his knee, and Guardiola decided that the Argentine star should rest. He stated that the 32-year-old ‘woke up with a few problems‘ and must train further before he is back in the squad.

Speaking to BT Sport, Guardiola clarified that the Aguero’s knee injury had serious implications on the striker. Hence, they want to be careful with the recovery process. The latter is expected to join the squad in the training when he is fully fit.

Speaking on the entire situation surrounding Aguero, Pep Guardiola said, “With Sergio, it depends on how he wakes up. He made good training sessions but then had some niggles in his knee. It is day-by-day and yesterday I decided not to select him because he needs training and this morning he woke up with a little problem in his knee and he could not train.”

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The City boss continued, “We know that the injury that he had is not easy for the recovery and we have to handle it as well as possible, and when he will be ready, he will start to train with us and play.”

Along with Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko Nathan were also rested for the match owing to squad rotation, while Nathan Ake is not quite 100% fit following his return to training after a hamstring injury.

That said, Manchester City are looking forward to training with all the first-team players ahead of the next weekend. 

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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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