Pep Guardiola explains Sergio Aguero’s absence vs Burnley

Pep Guardiola explains Sergio Aguero’s absence vs Burnley

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has this evening provided an explanation for Sergio Aguero playing no part in his side’s win over Burnley.

Clarets trounced

The Sky Blues welcomed Sean Dyche’s men to the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, for a Premier League clash.

City of course headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back victory, having been downed by Tottenham in concerning fashion last weekend.

This result left Guardiola’s men languishing in the bottom half of the English top-flight table.

When the 90 minutes were said and done in Manchester today, though, not only did the Citizens get back to winning ways, but managed to build some much-needed confidence in the process.

An utterly dominant City display eventually saw Burnley put to the sword by 5 goals to nil.

Riyad Mahrez proved the star of the show, bagging a superb hat-trick to claim the match ball.

Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden were also on target for the hosts at the Etihad, guiding City up to 8th in the Premier League table.

Highlights: Man City 5-0 Burnley

Aguero absent

Whilst, when all was said and done, Saturday’s action proved of a positive nature for City, however, one concern was nevertheless forthcoming, on the personnel front.

Sky Blues hitman Sergio Aguero played no part versus Burnley, after being completely omitted from Pep Guardiola’s matchday squad.

Worryingly, this came after the Argentine had returned to action for the first time in over a month with a late cameo at Olympiacos during the week.

As such, speaking during his post-match press conference this evening, City boss Guardiola was inevitably drawn on Aguero’s wellbeing.

And the Spanish tactician went on to confirm that, though Aguero is no longer in fact injured, the Citizens are wary of a potential flare up in his knee, with his absence this afternoon having therefore come as a precaution:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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