Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has provided an update on the fitness of Sergio Aguero ahead of the club’s Champions League quarter-final against Lyon. The Cityzens have been without their marksman for more than six weeks due to a knee surgery and he is expected to miss the forthcoming clash against Les Gones.
Speaking in a press conference, Guardiola confirmed that Aguero has been included in the travelling squad for Portugal and he’s getting better with every day. When asked about a suitable return date, the Spaniard refused to confirm when the Argentine could start training with the main group, he told: “He's getting better, but I don't know when he will join up with us. Hopefully he will be in Portugal with us, but tomorrow is tomorrow. We will speak with the doctors. That's when we will see what the situation is.”
Aguero has been the Cityzens’ main goalscoring source over the years but he played no part in the Champions League round of 16 tie against Real Madrid. The Cityzens won the first leg at the Bernabeu with a 2-0 score and Aguero was only an unused substitute during that game. For the return leg, the Argentine was obviously missing because of the knee injury, but that did not hamper his team, who picked up a 2-1 victory.
In both of those games, Gabriel Jesus was tasked with the job of leading the attack and he managed to find the back of the net. The Brazil international is expected to start upfront during the forthcoming quarter-final against Lyon where the Cityzens will be the favourites to win. Manchester City are aiming to reach the last four of the Champions League for the first time since the 2015/16 season. Should they beat Lyon, they could face either Bayern Munich or Barcelona for a place in the final.