Minor setback for Aguero as Guardiola explains Man City caution

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Sergio Aguero has failed to return to training ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League trip to Porto on Tuesday – but Pep Guardiola is adamant the problem is nothing serious.

City’s record goalscorer missed Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in the Premier League with what was described as a minor “disturbance” in his knee.

The striker underwent knee surgery in the summer and his comeback this season has already been complicated by a hamstring injury.

He returned as a late substitute in last Wednesday’s victory over Olympiacos. City, however, do not want to take undue risks with the 32-year-old.

He now seems unlikely to be involved as City, who are already qualified for the last 16, face Porto in their next Group C game.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “I am not concerned. He did not train. He had a little disturbance in his knee. It is nothing serious but he didn’t train.”

City have won their first four games in the group and securing top spot is all that is riding on the remaining two fixtures.


It could be an opportunity for Guardiola to rest players as he focuses on the Premier League. However, the City boss insists he will not rotate his squad for the sake of it.

He said: “I am thinking about it. Some players are going to play who didn’t play the previous game are going to play.

“There are a lot of games but I don’t want them to feel this is rotation. Every game is played because the best players, for many circumstances, we believe are focused on a specific game.”

Ederson welcomes Burnley trouncing

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City are hoping to maintain momentum after their impressive performance at the weekend.

Goalkeeper Ederson said: “It was a good game from the whole team. We totally neutralised Burnley.

“We scored five and had a lot of chances to score more. Hopefully we can go in with the same mindset against Porto.

“We know it is going to be a very difficult game but we hope we can achieve the same momentum.”

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