Pep Guardiola showered Sergio Aguero with praise as Manchester City’s awaits the striker’s return.
The Cityzens boss grudgingly confirmed that Aguero won’t be returning against Aston Villa tomorrow.
Aguero’s battle with injuries has left City short-staffed on the attacking front. His consistent input of goals has gone missing up top and that has impacted City’s season. Now, he is set to isolate after coming in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
“Sergio is not ready for tomorrow,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference. “He is still isolating. I don’t know [for how long].
“We need Aguero, we miss him. The numbers speak for themselves, the best striker in our history. He can win games himself and for a long time he is not with us but we have not sat here complaining but moved forward with the players that we have and found alternatives.”
Aymeric Laporte is another important player who has gone missing for majority of the year. The Frenchman is set to be assessed ahead of the FA Cup tie since returning to training.
“Hopefully [he is available],” he said. “That would be good news. We need him. “We cannot play with just [John] Stones and Ruben [Dias]. We need Nathan [Ake] and Eric [Garcia]. We need Laporte.”