Pep rules out major player from starting XI versus United

Pep Guardiola has some hard news for Manchester City fans.

The Spaniard has ruled out a starting berth for Sergio Aguero for the derby who is still recovering from his injury despite coming on as a substitute midweek.

“His instinct to score will always be there,” Guardiola said after the game. “He had three or four training sessions, his reaction was good. He played 25 minutes and scored a goal but it’s step-by-step.

“The most important thing is his reaction tomorrow.”

But asked if Aguero has any chance of starting the match against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Guardiola emphatically replied: “No.”

Guardiola will hope to focus and rely on his other attackers and was impressed with the likes of Torres and co. He is backing them to come good in the derby for City.

“I’m really happy for the way we played in all the games without exception,” Guardiola added of the Champions League. “We scored goals and we conceded few.

“Now it’s time to celebrate and tomorrow I am going to think about the Premier League and the derby. We have two days to think about it.”

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