Pep Guardiola refused to risk Sergio Aguero against Bournemouth and for good reason. The Manchester City boss revealed after the 3-1 win over Bournemouth that the Premier League leaders could have lost their Argentine hitman for over a month had he played.
City managed to score three times without Aguero, despite his stand-in Gabriel Jesus again failing to find the net. And Guardiola revealed just why he had to exclude Sergio from the weekend game.
“The doctors told me Sergio cannot play,” Guardiola said. “If he plays, maybe four or five weeks off. In that situation this month, with a lot of games, he was not safe.
“It’s going to happen in the future, the next games. People start to be tired in a lot of games. That’s why we have a deep squad.
“We play nine games, but many of our contenders and opponents do too. It’s not because we play more than the other ones. It’s the same, so why should we complain? Play every day, try to be there and play the game.”
Will City’s all-time leading scorer be back to face Watford on Tuesday night? Even Pep isn’t sure yet and the decision may be made on Monday.
“Right now, I’m not quite sure [if Aguero will be fit for Watford].”