Sergio Aguero is one of five Manchester City players unavailable for Wednesday’s game against Brighton and Hove Albion, but Raheem Sterling is set to return for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Aguero missed Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Birmingham City after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 and his continued self-isolation prevented him from participating in the Seagulls’ visit to the Etihad Stadium .
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“He’s isolating himself,” Guardiola said when asked about the Argentinian during his pre-match press conference.
“After nine or 10 days he will be back.”
Injury means Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte will also be out on Wednesday, while several players, including Eric Garcia, continue to self-isolate due to the coronavirus.
However, Sterling’s return is a boost for Guardiola, who has confirmed the winger is available again after being ruled out of the Matchday’s squad against Birmingham.
“Laporte is injured, Nathan is injured, Eric and [Adrian] Bernabe isolates himself, Cole Palmer isolates, ”he added.
“The rest, maybe I’m forgetting someone, but the rest is fine. ”
City and Brighton’s form couldn’t be more different as we approach this game.
The comfortable win over Birmingham on Sunday was our sixth in a row in all competitions, as the visitors have won just once in nine games after beating Newport County League 2 on penalties this weekend.
We have won our previous six Premier League games against the Seagulls, but the City boss is a big admirer of Graham Potter’s approach and has warned his players that they will need to be at their best against a side he appreciates. style.
“It’s a joy to watch,” Guardiola said. “A joy to analyze.
“At the same time, when you see them, you are concerned about the quality. I told the players today we have to be at a high level to beat them.
“Forget about the results we had in the past. They are better in all departments. They create more than they concede. The only problem is in the last third.
“I am a big fan of Graham Potter. Everyone knows what to do. They have the courage to play everywhere.
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