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Aguero to miss Man City’s UCL clash with Real Madrid, says Guardiola

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The Manchester City boss believes ‘it will not be possible’ for Aguero to feature against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Sergio Aguero has been in a race against time to recover from a knee injury for Manchester City’s second leg against Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League on August 7.

The club’s record goalscorer has been out of action since June, but had returned to gym work recently.

Pep Guardiola then implied Aguero would be available for selection last week by saying: “I think against Madrid everyone will be fit apart from (Benjamin) Mendy, who is suspended.”

After City’s 5-0 thrashing of Norwich in their final Premier League game on Sunday, however, Guardiola has done a U-turn regarding Aguero’s availability.

Quizzed on whether ‘Kun’ will make the team, the City boss told reporters (via the club’s website): “No, I think it will not be possible for the timing.”

Should this be correct, Gabriel Jesus will probably lead the Citizens attack for the return leg against Real Madrid.

Although Aguero, who has scored 23 goals in 32 matches across all competitions this term, will be missed. In fact, Raheem Sterling is the only City player to outscore him on 30 goals, and he’s played 18 more games.