Sergio Aguero: Man City striker to miss Aston Villa game due to ongoing isolation period

Sergio Aguero has been in isolation since January 10 after coming into close contact with a positive case; Aguero has missed City's last two Premier League games against Brighton and Crystal Palace; Aymeric Laporte also unavailable but is back training

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is subbed on by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 17, 2020. 0:44
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his team do miss Sergio Aguero despite being just one win away from the top of the Premier League

Sergio Aguero remains unavailable for Manchester City as self-isolates under coronavirus protocols - but Pep Guardiola has ruled out any new signings in January.

The striker is set to miss a third consecutive Premier League game since first going into isolation on January 10, after Guardiola ruled confirmed Aguero will not play against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Aguero, who has also suffered from injury complications following knee surgery last year, has not started a league game since October.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the Villa game, City boss Pep Guardiola said: "He is not ready for tomorrow. He's still isolated.

"We need Aguero, we miss him.

"The numbers speak for itself - he's one of the best strikers in our history. The player can create for himself and win the games by himself.

"From a long time, he is not with us. We could start complaining but we did completely the opposite. We wait for him.

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Image: Guardiola says City have missed Aguero's ability to create chances for himself

"We want him back as soon as possible but at the same time, we have to move forward and with the quality of players that we have, we can do it and find alternatives."

City's only other senior centre forward Gabriel Jesus has also had time out with injury and coronavirus.

But Guardiola's side have hit form in recent weeks, largely without the presence of a recognised striker.

Asked if there would be any signings this month, Guardiola gave a blunt "no" at a press conference on Tuesday.

He later told beIN Sports: "We will not sign any deal during the winter transfer market. We will end the season with the players that we have now."

Pep expecting 'the best' Villa side

Villa's preparation has also been heavily affected by coronavirus, with the first-team not having played since January 1 following a "significant" outbreak at the club.

Villa manager Dean Smith has revealed his squad selection for the trip to the Etihad will be affected, but Guardiola is nonetheless preparing for "the best".

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Image: Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says his side have had just three days to train following a coronavirus outbreak at the club

"The only concern is Aston Villa right now," Guardiola said. "We don't which players will be available [for Villa]. Tomorrow we will see.

"We expect the best. I don't know their situation, I only wish they are healthy and recover well.

"The quality they've shown this season compared to last season is incredible.

"In this league we know, you are able to win five games in a row and lose three in a row."

Villa, who have lost just five of their 15 league games this season, have impressed Guardiola and he believes they are a completely different side to the one who narrowly escaped relegation in the last campaign.

Asked what had impressed him the most about Villa, Guardiola said: "Their confidence. They bought Watkins and they've settled many things. The holding midfielders are fantastic, Barkley provides a lot of quality. The keeper gives a lot of presence.

"They have the quality with El-Ghazi, Trezeguet, and with Jack Grealish.

"Many things have changed. It's completely different than last season."

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