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Pep Guardiola hints that Sergio Aguero could return to play a role in the run-up to the Champions League in Man City

Pep Guardiola hints that star striker Sergio Aguero could return from injury to play a part in their Champions League run-up with Argentine overtime to prove he can feature: ‘I think everyone is fit for Real Madrid’

  • Sergio Aguero is injured, but may return sooner than expected
  • Striker works overtime to prove he can play in the run-up to the Champions League
  • Pep Guardiola said he should have everyone fit for Real Madrid within two weeks
  • City are 2-1 ahead on the first leg when Madrid arrives on August 7

Pep Guardiola has so far given his clearest indication that Sergio Aguero wins a fitness fight ahead of Manchester City’s attack on the Champions League.

Aguero is currently working overtime to prove he can perform after a knee injury during last month’s win over Burnley.

A return from the last 16 second leg against Real Madrid in a fortnight is considered a long shot, although there is hope that he can play a role if City progresses to the mini-tournament in Lisbon.

Sergio Aguero was able to return for City's Champions League run-in after recovering from an injury

Sergio Aguero was able to return for City’s Champions League run-in after recovering from an injury

The Argentinian undergoes rehabilitation on his left knee three times a day and hopes to run in the coming days.

“I think everyone will be fit against Madrid,” said the manager. (Benjamin) Mendy has been suspended, but the others will be fit. Barring a training disaster that hopefully won’t happen, everyone will be fit. ‘

Counting on Aguero from the bench would be a major boost for City, which will face Real against one of the Bernabeu’s goals in February.

City boss Pep Guardiola said he expects most of his side to be fit for the Real Madrid clash

City boss Pep Guardiola said he expects most of his side to be fit for the Real Madrid clash

City boss Pep Guardiola said he expects most of his side to be fit for the Real Madrid clash

Guardiola released his players two days this week before stepping up to prepare for Madrid and saw that his team was only fifth in Premier League history, scoring 100 goals in a season. They will end the campaign against exhausted and already relegated Norwich City on Sunday.

City – which currently has 97 goals – has reached its milestone twice before, during a record-breaking title fight three years ago and under Manuel Pellegrini in 2014. Liverpool also hit a ton that year, while Chelsea scored 103 a decade ago.

Reaching the milestone will bring little comfort to City after handing in their crown, but could serve as a way out for David Silva, who has to play his last league game.

The Argentinian picked up a knee problem last month and is undergoing rehabilitation

The Argentinian picked up a knee problem last month and is undergoing rehabilitation

The Argentinian picked up a knee problem last month and is undergoing rehabilitation

“It’s fun to score goals, as a team can show, but it wasn’t enough (this year),” Guardiola added. “Many goals, but we are 18 points behind Liverpool. Every game there (should) be a target, the desire to win the game and scoring 100 goals is one of the reasons.

And also to see if the players are ready. The way they play against Norwich and the way they train. I will pay attention to how they play for Madrid. Every day will be an exam for me if they are ready to play this game.

“We weren’t ready for Arsenal (for Madrid). Watford was a bit better, but we still need to improve. ‘

City take a 2-1 lead in the first leg to the Etihad when they welcome Madrid on August 7

City take a 2-1 lead in the first leg to the Etihad when they welcome Madrid on August 7

City take a 2-1 lead in the first leg to the Etihad when they welcome Madrid on August 7

Guardiola said each training session was “an exam” to help him decide who will start the match

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