X

Tuesday 26
May

Manchester City

Aguero to miss Manchester derby

2nd December 2019, 15:15 by Tom McGarry

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed Sergio Aguero will not return to action until after Saturday's Manchester derby.

Argentina international Aguero picked up a thigh injury during City’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea on November 23 and subsequently missed Saturday’s draw at Newcastle.

There had been some suggestions the 31-year-old could return to action for Tuesday’s trip to Burnley or this weekend’s derby clash with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola has now confirmed his comeback will not happen until after those games.

“He won’t be ready for the derby,” Guardiola told reporters. “After that we will see.”

City’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Saturday means they head into Tuesday’s match at Turf Moor sitting third in the standings and a staggering 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.

The Citizens’ chances of claiming a third successive top-flight crown seem slim, as things stand, but Guardiola has urged his players not worry about what their title rivals are doing.

“The players have to believe. They have to believe we will win tomorrow,” Guardiola added.

“They can’t think too much about the teams in front. We have to think about what to do to win the games. We have to try to be more solid with the chances we have and the chances we concede.”

City’s form has been patchy of late as they have only won one of their last five matches across all competitions.

However, they have only lost one of their previous 22 meetings with Burnley, a run that stretches back to 1974.

A victory on Tuesday would see City, temporarily at the least, close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool back down to eight points, with the Reds set to welcome Merseyside rivals Everton to Anfield on Wednesday evening.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

More Manchester City

Recent Sport Headlines

Horse Racing

Born With Pride set for Kempton outing

25th May 2020, 12:49

Trainer William Haggas has revealed he wants to give Born With Pride a shot at Kempton's Classic Trial on June 8.

Horse Racing

Pletcher excited about new recruits

25th May 2020, 12:48

Todd Pletcher says he is feeling very positive about the prospects of four horses that have arrived from Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Horse Racing

Addeybb's Ascot hopes dependent on rain

24th May 2020, 15:48

Trainer William Haggas fears he may have to scrap plans to run Addeybb at Royal Ascot due to the ground being too firm.

Horse Racing

Masks specified for jockeys in new BHA guidelines

24th May 2020, 10:49

The British Horse Racing Authority have unveiled protocols for the return of racing on June 1, including jockeys wearing masks.

Horse Racing

Southwell excited with busy summer ahead

23rd May 2020, 16:33

Southwell racecourse officials say they are looking forward to their busiest summer of action "for a number of years".

Horse Racing

Plans remains the same for Glorious Goodwood

23rd May 2020, 11:04

The updated racing calendar from the BHA has revealed that Glorious Goodwood is set to take place on the same date, July 28 to August 1.

Horse Racing

Packed new Royal Ascot schedule released

22nd May 2020, 18:06

Plans have been released for Royal Ascot, which it's hoped will feature 36 races over five days between June 16-20.

Horse Racing

Irish racing confirms restructured summer fixtures

22nd May 2020, 09:43

Irish officials have announced 53 Flat meetings up to the end of July, as they seek to satisfy the "large demand" for racing.