Pep Guardiola has discussed the knee injury sustained by Sergio Aguero in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Burnley and admits ‘it doesn’t look good’ for the club’s leading scorer.
The Argentina international was substituted late in the first-half of a comprehensive victory for the Premier League champions at the Etihad, the 32-year-old injured following a challenge from Ben Mee which resulted in a VAR awarded penalty for the home side.
Guardiola has revealed that the forward has struggled with a pain in his knee for the last month, and admits it doesn’t look good for the Man City forward ahead of tests.
“It doesn’t look good, something in the knee, we will see tomorrow (Tuesday) in a better way what he has. He was struggling in the last month about pain in his knee, we will see,” Guardiola told the media at his post-match press conference.
The City boss said the club will have a clearer idea of the severity of the problem following today’s scan, but suggested he is expecting to be without the Argentine for a significant spell when asked if Aguero could miss the remainder of the campaign: “Tomorrow we will see.
“I am not a doctor, but it doesn’t look good.”
Aguero’s injury was a blemish on an otherwise positive evening for City at the Etihad, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden each scoring braces as the home side resoundingly made it back-to-back wins since the Premier League’s restart.
Guardiola says he was pleased with the display of academy graduate Foden, suggesting the 20-year-old will have an increased role to play next season after impressing on just his fourth league start of the season.
“We played really well,” he said. “It was a solid performance, especially when in the beginning, we were in a hurried way to play. We have to be more patient… It helped us a lot with that first goal from Phil and the second one, so it’s nice and we have a good advantage of fifth.
“I’m not going to discuss with Phil [about his best performance], but I remember games he played in the cup and they were quite similar. But for him, if he feels it is his best performance, then perfect.
“I’ve said many times than when Phil has played, he hasn’t played badly, especially with his behaviour and his attitude. It doesn’t matter if he plays or doesn’t play, after the training session, he loves to play football.
“Every time he’s played since he was promoted to play with us, he’s always been at a high level but we forget his is 20 years old, he has to improve. But he will be an important and decisive player for our next decade and with the minutes he has, he deserves it.
“In this position, when David said it was his last year, we spoke together with the board and said ‘OK, in this position, we have Phil’ so we don’t have to invest any pounds in any new players because we have Phil.”