Sergio Aguero was a notable absentee today, not even making the bench for Manchester City’s win over Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium with what Pep Guardiola described as a ‘muscular disturbance’.
City managed without their star striker as the goals were shared between Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan, but the Premier League leaders won’t want to be without the Argentine icon for too long.
With that in mind, Pep Guardiola cast doubt over whether Kun will be available to face Watford on Tuesday – insisting that he will take no chances on Aguero’s fitness particularly with City facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next weekend.
“We will see the day after tomorrow,” Guardiola said about Aguero. “We do not want to take any risks. If Sergio becomes injured we will lose him for a long number of days and we can’t afford to do that.”
In the Argentine’s absence, Gabriel Jesus led the line, but despite another hard-working performance, he again failed to find the net. Even so, Guardiola was happy with the goal-shy young Brazilian, who could retain his place on Tuesday night.
“Today we needed runs behind and he made a thousand million in many circumstances. Gabriel was so important and he will be so important for next Tuesday.”