Manchester City will be WITHOUT Sergio Aguero for Champions League quarter final against Lyon as leading scorer fails to overcome knee knock for Lisbon clash
- Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero for their European quarter final
- The Argentine had been working to overcome a knee knock for the Lyon game
- However, Pep Guardiola says he is still in Barcelona recovering from surgery
- City will look to advance to the semi finals against the French side on Saturday
Sergio Aguero will not be involved as Manchester City face Lyon in the Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon on Saturday.
City’s leading scorer has been out since undergoing knee surgery in June but had not been ruled out of the latter stages of the European tournament.
However, the striker is still not ready for action.
Sergio Aguero will play no part in Manchester City’s Champions League quarter final
The Premier League club’s leading scorer has been sidelined with a knee knock since June
Manager Pep Guardiola said at a press conference: ‘He is still in Barcelona. I think he should come here and do a test. He is still in Barcelona making a recovery.’
Otherwise Guardiola feels his side are ready for action. City reached the reformatted last-eight tournament by completing victory over Real Madrid in the last-16 stage last week.
Gabriel Jesus has performed well in Aguero’s absence, and was at the heart of City’s strong display over LaLiga champions Madrid at the Etihad Stadium last Friday.
However, Pep Guardiola says Aguero has not recovered in time for Saturday’s crunch clash
The Brazilian was instrumental in setting up Raheem Sterling’s opener and pounced on a loose ball from Raphael Varane to score City’s second goal of the night and see them earn a huge win over the 13-time European champions.
‘He always helps us for more than goals, but of course for a striker it’s important to score. Big players have to show on big stages, in big games, and against the king of this competition he showed it twice,’ Guardiola said.
‘I think he made an incredible step forward to say, “Here I am and I can win games by myself”.’
Guardiola said: ‘Anything can happen, it is a knockout game, but we are ready. The pressure will be there, but it will be for all the other teams. We are prepared.’
City take on Lyon as they look to advance to the Champions League semi finals in Portugal
The remaining matches in the tournament will all be played over one leg, which could suit City given their successes in domestic cup competitions in recent years.
Guardiola said: ‘It’s quite different. When you play first leg you have one eye on second leg.
‘But when we play FA Cup or Carabao Cup we are used to it. There are no second chances – you are either in or out. The approach is very different.’
City failed to beat Lyon when they met twice in last season’s group stage.
Guardiola said: ‘They are a tough team with a lot of good players. We have to be focused on ourselves, be prepared and fight until the end to try to win.’
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