Pep Guardiola confirms key Man City absence for Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has this evening confirmed that striker Sergio Aguero will not be fit for his side’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Liverpool tomorrow night.

Matchup

The Merseysiders advanced to the final 8 of this season’s competition courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate drubbing of Portuguese giants Porto in the last-16, and were rewarded during last month’s draw with a tough tie versus fellow Premier League outfit Manchester City.

City, for their part, dispatched of Swiss outfit Basel in the Champions League’s last-16, with Pep Guardiola’s side viewed by many as the favourites to go all the way this season.

Head-to-head

Liverpool and City have already met on two occasions this season, the first of which saw the Citizens dismantle the Reds during a 5-0 demolition at the Etihad.

However, Liverpool showed their worth during the second meeting between the sides in January, fending off a late fightback to become the first team to defeat the Citizens in the Premier League all season.

Liverpool celebrate vs Man City

The Liverpool players celebrate during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on January 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Ruled out

Speaking in a press conference this evening, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola provided a final injury update on striker Sergio Aguero ahead of tomorrow tonight’s clash.

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Aguero has been out of action since picking up a knee injury in training ahead of the Citizens’ meeting with Stoke on March 12th, and has not actually featured since City’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea this time last month.

And, unfortunately for the Sky Blues, tomorrow will not mark Aguero’s return to the pitch, with the Argentine hitman having not recovered in time to be called up to City’s travelling squad:

‘Sergio is much better but doctors spoke to him today and he said he still has a little bit of a problem and isn’t comfortable,’ Guardiola revealed.

As such, Guardiola confirmed that Aguero will remain in Manchester, adding that ‘we will see’ if the 29-year-old will be fit to face Manchester United in City’s potentially title-clinching Premier League derby clash with the Red Devils on Saturday.

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