Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City's clash with Brighton

Sergio Aguero to miss Manchester City’s clash with Brighton and at least two more games as he is ‘isolating for nine or 10 more days’, reveals Pep Guardiola

  • Manchester City are on top form with six consecutive wins in all competitions 
  • Sergio Aguero missed victory over Birmingham City as he had to isolate  
  • Pep Guardiola’s side are preparing to take on Brighton on Wednesday 
  • They will still be without Argentine striker for another nine or 10 days  

Sergio Aguero is not available for Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Brighton on Wednesday, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

The Argentina striker missed Sunday’s FA Cup third-round victory over Birmingham after being asked to isolate as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Asked about Aguero at a press conference, Guardiola said: ‘Quarantine, isolated – the rules. After nine or 10 days he will be back.’ 

Sergio Aguero missed the game against Birmingham and is not available for Brighton

That absence will mean Aguero misses three games, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in the Premier League and is unlikely to play the day after isolation ends against Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup. 

Guardiola added that forward Raheem Sterling, who also missed the 3-0 win over Birmingham, was fit to feature but defenders Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake were out.

Guardiola said he was not thinking about the league table.

‘All I am concerned about is Brighton,’ he said. ‘The rest, not even second in my thoughts.’

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are preparing to take on Brighton without Aguero

The Manchester City forward has hardly featured this season and this is another setback

City are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions and have won their last six as they build momentum, but Guardiola is wary of the threat of Brighton.

Guardiola said: ‘They are a joy to watch and analyse. When you see them, you are concerned about the quality. 

‘I said to the players ‘we will have to be at a high standard to compete against them’.’

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