Sergio Aguero is back in training and could make a return in late December.
The Argentine international came back from his knee injury back in October and was required to start three games in a week.
Unfortunately, he picked up another injury and missed the last two games for City.
Aguero took to Instagram to offer an update on his condition by saying: “Getting better by the day.”
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Guardiola offered a more detailed update on City’s plans for managing Aguero’s injury.
“When he will be fit he’ll be the same player,” he said.
“Of course age is age, he has to be fit and will need a bit more time than [Phil] Foden or Raheem [Sterling] would because the physicality of the body is completely different. But I’m optimistic he will help us this season to do what he needs.
“For that he must have no pain in the knee; we are working on it and today it feels much better. When he is able to train one week and two weeks in normal conditions he will come back at his best and his sense of goal is unique in this team.
“That is why it is so important. We cannot forget we have already played five or six months without him – that’s a long time without our striker. But I’m confident as he works a lot, he’s a lovely person, I have an incredible relationship with him, better than ever. I like him and we want him back as soon as possible for him and for the team.”