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Manchester City without five players for Watford game as Blues head south

Manchester City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero again for tonight’s game against Watford – one of five players Pep Guardiola will be missing as the Premier League champions look to stay unbeaten at the top of the table.

In pictures released by the press, Aguero was not shown travelling south by train with his squad mates, nor was Oleksandr Zinchenko, despite training in a Zorro-like mask yesterday.

Besides those two recently wounded players, City are also without long-term casualties Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy, and the game comes too early for Belgian superstar Kevin De Bruyne, who had hoped to be able to return for either the Bournemouth or Watford games.

“I don’t know (if he will be ready),” Guardiola said about De Bruyne. “He’s started training, but it’s day by day.

“In this kind of situation it is the player himself who decides if he feels good. He will train with the team and we will see.”

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