LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that Sergio Aguero could have missed the rest of the year with injury had he played against Bournemouth.

Aguero was absent as the Premier League champions continued their impressive start to the season with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.

The Argentina international complained of discomfort in training ahead of Saturday’s league game and with a clash against Chelsea coming up on Saturday, the club opted against taking any risk with him.

“Eat well, sleep a lot, drink a lot – in a good way, no wine – and prepare,” Guardiola said, according to Goal.

“Tell them what’s going to happen next Tuesday in Watford and try to win the game and push everybody. That’s all. After the decision we’ll see the day of the game.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Chelsea assistant compares Sarri’s era to Guardiola’s

According to Gianfranco Zola, the difficult time the Italian manager is having currently with the Blues is just like Guardiola suffered in his first season with Manchester City.

“After Lyon [in the Champions League] I didn’t know we were going to come back here and doctors say to me Sergio cannot play. If he plays, maybe four or five weeks out. In that situation in this month with a lot of games, he was not safe. That is normal.”

“It is going to happen in the future in the next games. People will start to be tired and a lot of games. That’s why we have a deep squad and everybody must be involved.”

“It is what it is. Adapt. With a deep squad you have some players in the second team, you’re going to play 11 and everybody has to do their best. That is what it is. I play nine games but many other contenders, our opponents, play nine games too.”

“So it’s not because we play more games than the others. It’s the same. So why would we complain? Nothing. Play every day, try to be there and play the game.”