Manchester City have confirmed that striker Sergio Aguero is set to undergo fitness tests to determine whether he will be fit enough to feature in Saturday’s Manchester derby.
The Argentine’s last appearance for City came last month during the Premier League leaders’ 1-0 win over Chelsea in which he hobbled off injured.
One win versus Manchester United now separates City from finally clinching the title – an achievement they will desperate to accomplish this Saturday to put behind them Wednesday’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
The Sky Blues are set to assess their star man during Friday’s training session with the hope he can return for the club’s tricky run of upcoming fixtures.
“I don’t know right now whether he will play.
“We have training this afternoon and we are going to see his physical condition.
“We have three massive games coming up – United, Liverpool and Spurs – we have to see the players condition. We have training later and we will see later.
“We will prepare the team to win the game.”
Manchester City vs Manchester United preview
Guardiola’s side have walked to the Premier League title this season, requiring just one more win on the weekend to complete their season of dominance.
Man City claiming the title has been almost an inevitability for a number of weeks now, however, with their focus having switched to Europe during midweek they crumbled and were humiliated on Meyerside for the second time this season.
Liverpool and Klopp were once again able to expose City’s weaknesses to score three in a thrilling Champions League first-leg tie that looks set to be enough to send them through.
With the focus now back on the league, Saturday’s opposition United are the side that sit between City and the title, with a 16 point gap separating the two bitter enemies.
Whilst motivation will be high for both sides to win the Manchester derby, United will be desperate to avoid watching City lift the title as they sit in the opposition dugout.
Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi handed Guardiola’s side all three points at Old Trafford back December; a win which seemingly set up City’s spell of dominance.
Liverpool 3-0 Man City (Official highlights)
Liverpool ran riot at Anfield to place one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League through three first-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Saido Mane.
Poor defending from Kyle Walker gifted the Reds an early lead as his scrambled clearance allowed Salah to easily convert from just a few yards out.
Oxlade-Chamberlain then produced one of the goals of the competition as he rocketed his effort beyond Ederson to send the Kop End into utter delirium.
Mane swiftly made it three as he turned in Salah’s cross out-jumping City’s back-line to wrap up proceedings on the night and potentially Liverpool’s place in the next round.