Pep Guardiola has provided an update on the fitness of Sergio Aguero as the Manchester City forward continues his recovery from injury.
Aguero has endured a frustrating start to the campaign and has made just three starts in all competitions for City so far this season, the Argentina international having undergone surgery on a knee injury in June before suffering a hamstring injury upon his return.
The 32-year-old was named on the bench for the defeat to Tottenham last month before suffering further discomfort in his knee, missing the Premier League victories over Burnley and Fulham.
Aguero is in contention to return when City face Marseille in the Champions League tomorrow evening, though Guardiola admits his side will take a patient approach with the club’s all-time record goalscorer as they bid to put an end to his injury problems.
“He’ll be back when he’s able to train regularly, and get minutes,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“The quality is there. We know him quite well, he’s working incredibly hard to come back. He needs a bit more time for his injury but we are patient.
“We would love to have him back but if his knee responds well he will be back. With the quality nobody has doubts about him.”
City have already secured their passage to the last 16 as group winners and could rotate their options ahead of the visit of Marseille, with Guardiola’s side travelling to face Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend.