Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that striker Sergio Aguero will miss next month’s crucial derby with Manchester United due to a thigh injury sustained at the weekend.
Aguero hobbled out of the champions’ Premier League win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and Guardiola previously admitted that the initial signs were “not good”.
Speaking at a press conference to preview Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, the City boss shed more light on the situation, saying: “He will be out a few games. I don’t know exactly but for a few weeks he will be out.”
Asked if the 31-year-old will miss the derby, Guardiola said: “Yes. Maybe we will have a miracle but I don’t think so.”
Aguero’s absence will mean opportunities for Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus, with who has scored five goals this season but started only eight times due to Aguero’s presence.
Jesus, who was sat alongside Guardiola, said: “I am not happy because Sergio is injured. I don’t like it when my friends are injured but I work here every day and I am ready to play.”
Jesus admits it is frustrating to be on the bench regularly but he is not complaining, saying: “It is not easy. Sometimes I am not happy because I want to play but I keep on working.
“When I decided to come to City I knew it is going to be hard because we have Sergio, who is the top scorer of the club and he scores every game. I know this but I think I have a chance to play with Pep, with top players here and at a great big club, so that is why I came, to enjoy and learn.”
City follow up their Champions League clash with Shakhtar on Saturday with a Premier League trip to Newcastle.