Pep Guardiola confirmed Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester Metropolis’s match with Brighton as he’s nonetheless in quarantine, whereas the Spaniard additionally praised the type of Phil Foden.
Aguero missed Sunday’s FA Cup third-round victory over Birmingham after being requested to isolate as a detailed contact of somebody who has examined constructive for Covid-19.
It’s one more setback for the striker, whose return from knee surgical procedure this season has already been difficult by additional ache within the joint and a hamstring harm.
The 32-year-old, who has not began a sport since October, had been anticipated to function final weekend.
Requested about Aguero at a press convention, Guardiola stated: “Quarantine, remoted – the principles. After 9 or 10 days he shall be again.”
Guardiola added that ahead Raheem Sterling, who additionally missed the 3-Zero victory over Championship Birmingham, was match however defenders Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte had been injured. Eric Garcia remains to be isolating following a constructive take a look at
With Guardiola having his choices depleted in latest weeks, Phil Foden has turn into extra of a daily starter, with the younger England worldwide scoring 9 targets already this season.
And Guardiola, usually criticised for his sparing use of Foden, was stuffed with reward for what he has seen from the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ in latest weeks.
“He is enjoying like he at all times has – excessive requirements in all departments,” Guardiola added. “There are nonetheless margins to enhance as a result of will probably be unhealthy information if he doesn’t enhance from the age he’s at now, however from day one till now I’m delighted about his behaviour. The standard will do the remaining.”
The go to of Brighton is the primary of three dwelling video games for Metropolis within the house of every week. Victories may pull Metropolis firmly within the title image however Guardiola isn’t trying past Wednesday’s sport.
“All I’m involved about is Brighton,” he stated. “The remainder, not even second in my ideas.”
Metropolis are unbeaten of their final 13 matches in all competitions and have received their final six as they construct momentum, however Guardiola is cautious of the specter of Brighton.
Guardiola stated: “They’re a pleasure to look at and analyse. While you see them, you might be involved concerning the high quality.
“I stated to the gamers we should be at a excessive customary to compete towards them.”