Man City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed the possibility of a return of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
However, they won’t be able to feature for the next two upcoming matches – Tuesday’s Champions League game and Sunday’s Premier League match with Liverpool. Post that, there is a possibility for them to return on the pitch again – but Guardiola cannot say for sure.
Asked about Aguero’s chances of facing Jurgen Klopp’s side, Guardiola said: “Right now, I don’t know but it is getting better.
“We don’t want to take a step back again. I don’t know about Liverpool but after the international break he will be ready.”
On the availability of Jesus, the City boss added: “It’s too early to know. He did one training session with the team. We’re happy he is back.”
When questions if he ever thought of giving players a resting period before the Liverpool clash on Sunday, Guardiola said: “Absolutely not. In the Champions League, you cannot make a false step because after that we’d struggle.
“We know in the Champions League you have to secure your games at home and win at least one away.
“We did that in Marseille but now we have to be sure we can keep the points at home.
“Tomorrow we have an incredible opportunity to take a huge step toward qualifying for the next round.
“This competition is not like a decade ago when I started as a manager and qualifying was easier than right now.
“It’s difficult, every game. People don’t believe it. It’s a tricky competition, that’s why I’m delighted with what we have done so far in the Champions League.
“We cannot miss this chance to get nine points and be in a position for one more step to be in the 16 better teams in Europe.”