The greatest goalscorer in the club’s history will be absent from the clash at Brighton and risk missing the last home game and the Champions League final.
Pep Guardiola will be hoping Sergio Aguero will recover from an injury in time to say goodbye to Manchester City fans on the final day of the Premier League season.
The Argentina striker, who missed much of the campaign recovering from a knee injury before testing positive for coronavirus, was not available for the victory over Newcastle on Friday night.
Aguero, 32, will leave the club at the end of the season thanks to a free transfer and is in a race to be fit for the final home game against Everton, when 10,000 fans are expected at the Etihad Stadium.
What was said?
“He has concerns. He’s a little disturbed in his leg, his adductor, ”Guardiola said ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Brighton. “He felt something before the Newcastle game. Today, he is still not in good shape. I hope he will be ready to play against Everton.
The City boss has also admitted that Aguero could be a doubt for the Champions League final against Chelsea if he is unable to prove his fitness.
“If Sergio is in good shape, he will help us for sure,” he added. “If he wants to help us score goals, he’s going to play, but it’s the Champions League final.
“I have to make the decision that gives us the best chance of winning this game.”
The big picture
Guardiola admits he faces a selection dilemma for the game against Chelsea, with the rest of his squad now in full form following Kevin De Bruyne’s return to full training.
“This is the most difficult moment,” he said. “That’s why the relationship between the players and the manager has to have a bit of distance, because you can’t have too close a relationship when you have to make decisions that [affect their] careers.
“Sometimes I’m unfair to them, but that’s what it is. I have no other solution. This is why they are lucky to find a manager who turns a lot. “
As he has settled into a successful lineup in recent months, playing without an Orthodox striker, Guardiola says he hasn’t decided his team will play in Portugal.
“At the moment I’m not clear on how we’re going to play and with [which players] we are going to play, that’s why I have to take a look at these 10-11 days and after that we have to make a decision, ”he said.