Guardiola explains why Man City opted against signing a striker amid Aguero and Jesus injuries

Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City ‘thought about’ bringing in another striker over the summer amid the club’s injury woes.

Man City have been left light up front following injuries to first-choice strike pair Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus during the opening weeks of the campaign, with the club having won just two of their opening five games of the season.

After missing the back end of last season with a knee injury, Aguero returned to fitness for City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, but now faces another spell on the sidelines after being forced to withdraw through injury in the 1-1 draw against West Ham at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus has been out of action ever since being involved in the opening day win against Wolves, and speaking ahead of City’s Champions League game against Marseille, Pep Guardiola revealed that he considered bolstering his goalscoring options in the summer.

“We thought about it, another type of striker, but we couldn’t do it,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.

“The club did what it could. They want to reinvest in the team. Our team is so young.

“When you decide to buy a striker, they need to be on Gabriel and Sergio’s level and you cannot afford it. That’s the reality.

“I’m not saying the club didn’t want to do it, they wanted to make as strong a team as possible, but we thought Sergio is coming back and we didn’t expect Gabriel’s injury.”

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