Sergio Aguero is the latest Manchester City star to be hit by injury.
Aguero hobbled off with a thigh injury during Man City’s 2-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday and their all-time leading goalscorer is set to be out ahead of the busy festive period.
Speaking to journalists ahead of City’s clash with Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, Guardiola confirmed that Aguero will miss the next few weeks, including the Manchester Derby on December 7 (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET online via NBCSports.com).
“Aguero is out for maybe three games, a few weeks, he will be a few weeks out,” Guardiola said.
Man City will now have to cope without Aguero for games against Newcastle, Burnley and Man United in the Premier League and he will be aiming to return for their game at Arsenal on Dec. 15.
In the meantime the pressure of scoring goals falls squarely on the shoulders of Gabriel Jesus. This is exactly why City have Jesus, 22, in their squad, as he will now get an extended run of games in the team. Good luck, kid.
Aguero’s absence is a big blow for Man City, just like the injuries to Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane and briefly Ederson have been. Aguero has had a fine start to the 2019-20 season, scoring 13 goals in 16 games in all competitions, and with City nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, they will have to stay within touching distance without their top goalscorer.
Let’s see how City cope without Aguero as Jesus, plus Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne have to step up and score more goals in his absence. Scoring goals is never normally a problem for City, but that’s usually because Aguero is around.