Sergio Aguero has been listed as ‘unavailable’ for Manchester City’s FA Cup match with Birmingham & reports suggest a Covid-related issue.
Sergio Aguero will not be available for Manchester City’s FA Cup game against Birmingham. Some reports cite a possible injury, though others point towards a Covid-19-related issue.
The Athletic’s Sam Lee wrote: “Aguero is listed as ‘unavailable’ by City today, not injured. Obviously that leaves things open to interpretation but I’m sure Guardiola will have an answer and other enquiries will be made. Could be post-meniscus complications, like Mendy had last season when he was unavailable.”
Aguero is listed as ‘unavailable’ by City today, not injured. Obviously that leaves things open to interpretation but I’m sure Guardiola will have an answer and other enquiries will be made. Could be post-meniscus complications, like Mendy had last season when he was unavailable
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) January 10, 2021
Foreign media, however, highlight close contact with a Covid-19 case, forcing Aguero into self-isolation:
Agüero is not injury. Some Covid-19 case close to him and it is necessary some quarantine until a new test. He hasn’t it at this moment but it is for protocol.
— Jose Alvarez Haya (@10JoseAlvarez) January 10, 2021
Manchester City have suffered an outbreak of Covid-19 over recent weeks, with several players having required periods in isolation. It is therefore possible that Aguero has come into close contact with one of these individuals.
If Aguero does indeed test positive, it would mean his absence not only versus Birmingham today, but for City’s next 3 league games against Brighton (January 13th), Crystal Palace (17th) and Aston Villa (20th), provided his 10-day isolation period begins on the 10th of January.
Laporte and Sterling out
Sergio Aguero has been used sparingly by Pep Guardiola this season, since returning from a long-term injury. In fact, Guardiola has been forced to deal with the complete absence of a natural striker of late, with Gabriel Jesus having picked up an injury, before testing positive for Covid-19.
This has led to the likes of Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Ferran Torres occupying a central position on a number of occasions. City’s problems, though, could be further complicated by the news that Sterling and Torres are also unfit to take on Birmingham.
They join Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake and Tommy Doyle in the medical room. Scott Carson, Eric Garcia and Cole Palmer, meanwhile, are all still self isolating, having tested positive amid the aforementioned coronavirus outbreak at the Etihad.
👕 TEAM NEWS:
Laporte and Ake are both injured, while Sterling, Torres and Tommy Doyle aren’t fully fit.
Scott Carson, Eric Garcia and Cole Palmer remain in isolation after their positive COV19 tests and Sergio Aguero is unavailable.
— City Chief (@City_Chief) January 10, 2021
The good news for Guardiola, though, is that Kyle Walker and Jesus have returned from isolation, in time to start in today’s FA Cup bout. Ederson has also made the bench, as Zack Steffen continues to perform well in his absence.
Your City line-up in the #FACup!
XI | Steffen, Cancelo, Dias, Walker, Mendy, Rodrigo, Mahrez, De Bruyne (C), Foden, Bernardo, Jesus
SUBS | Ederson, Stones, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Delap, Harwood-Bellis, Nmecha, Mbete
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 10, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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