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Sport Guardiola regrets not buying striker with Aguero facing up to a month out

00:15  27 october  2020
00:15  27 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

Aguero returns for Man City as Partey makes Arsenal bench

  Aguero returns for Man City as Partey makes Arsenal bench Manchester City have called upon all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero as they look to return to winning ways against Arsenal.Aguero has not featured since suffering a meniscus injury against Burnley in June and will lead a City attack also featuring Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez, with Gabriel Jesus remaining sidelined.

Pep Guardiola claimed Man City are still coming to terms with injuries and a hectic schedule after they draw with West Ham. Injuries have taken their toll so much so that Guardiola named an unchanged starting line- up for the first time in 172 games.

Sergio Aguero faces another spell on the sidelines as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirms he was taken off with a hamstring issue in West Ham draw in his third match back after recovering from a knee Pep Guardiola confirmed that his striker was taken off at half-time due to a hamstring issue.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola regrets not buying a striker in the last transfer window after confirming Sergio Aguero could be missing for up to a month.

Pep Guardiola standing next to a football ball: Pep Guardiola and Sergio Aguero © AFP Pep Guardiola and Sergio Aguero

Aguero sustained a hamstring injury in City's 1-1 draw with West Ham last weekend and will not be involved in their Champions League Group C clash with Marseille on Tuesday.

With Gabriel Jesus also absent, recovering from a muscle injury he picked up on the opening day of the Premier League season, City are short of striking options.

When asked if he regretted not strengthening his forward line before the window shut, Guardiola acknowledged it would have been preferable but that they were unable to free up funds.

Aguero must prove he deserves new deal at Man City – Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola is still waiting on an update regarding the injury picked up by Sergio Aguero against West Ham, with the Manchester City That return has them sat 11th in the table, while they now face the prospect of being without their all-time leading goalscorer for the foreseeable future after seeing

Aguero is 32 now and facing more time on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in the draw at West Ham on the weekend. Pep Guardiola was limited on the details of the problem following the match, but it will be a worrying situation so soon after the striker ’s return from a three- month absence

"Maybe, yes. We considered it, we thought about it, but we could not," Guardiola said at a news conference on the eve of City's match in the south of France.

"If you decide to buy a striker, it has to be a striker in the league of Gabriel and Sergio, but we cannot afford it.

"I am not saying the club didn't want to do it in terms of strikers, they want to make as strong a team as possible. Sergio is back [out injured], and I didn't expect Gabriel to be injured. Sometimes it happens."

Guardiola could not give an exact time frame on Argentina international Aguero's return but revealed City's all-time leading goalscorer could be facing up to a month on the sidelines.


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Guardiola: "Agüero must show that he deserves to continue at City"

 Guardiola: © Supplied by Sofoot A warned Sergio is worth two. Top scorer in Manchester City history (254 pawns), Sergio Agüero will end his contract next June with the Skyblues . While an extension would be in the pipes, his trainer Pep Guardiola made it clear in comments relayed by Reuters that the paper was not yet signed: "Sergio must now show, like all of us, that he deserve to continue here, to continue to play well, to score goals and to win games, and after that the club and I will decide.

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Pep Guardiola is still waiting on an update regarding the injury picked up by Sergio Aguero against West Ham, with the Manchester City That return has them sat 11th in the table, while they now face the prospect of being without their all-time leading goalscorer for the foreseeable future after seeing

The City boss also dismissed suggestions Aguero was rushed back too quickly following surgery on a knee problem before the new season started.

He continued: "Sergio was injured last game. And you know, when you're four or five months out with knee problems, you are at risk.

"We didn't rush him back. We were incredibly patient, didn't force the doctors. Of course, we knew he was not in the best condition.

"But he was important against West Ham for 55, 60 minutes. Unfortunately, one action in the first half, he was unlucky, went to stop a long pass and he felt something. Hopefully, he recovers as well as possible.

"We tried to manage it as good as possible, but it was not enough to maintain it. We hope he will be back as soon as possible.

"I don't know long; it depends on the injury. The minimum is 10-15 days, a little longer. It could be a month."

Guardiola, meanwhile, would again not be drawn on whether the club has started to open talks with Aguero over a new contract.

The 32-year-old's deal is set to expire at the end of the season but recent injury problems have cast doubt over his City future.

"I don't know, I don't want to talk about it because I am not involved with this," Guardiola added.

"If I should be involved in contracts, maybe the day should be 48 hours, not 24! What I want is for Sergio to be fit, what I want is Sergio [to] come back again, be ready as much as possible.

"We miss him a lot. What he has done for this club is outstanding, [he] will be a legend of this club, we want to enjoy him before but it depends on his physicality and his physical condition."

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Daniel Sturridge is currently a free agent after his Trabzonspor contract was terminated shortly before being banned from football worldwide for four months for breaching betting rules. Pep Guardiola is currently short of striking options, with Sergio Aguero picking up another injury, this time to his hamstring, during the 1-1 draw at West Ham at the weekend, while Gabriel Jesus remains sidelined with a thigh problem suffered at Wolves.

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