Pep Guardiola reveals Sergio Aguero is set to make his first start since OCTOBER

Scott Polacek Manchester City FC

Sergio Aguero is set to start Manchester City‘s FA Cup third-round tie against Birmingham on Sunday, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Aguero, City’s record goalscorer, has not started a game since October due to knee and hamstring problems.

Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday: ‘Yesterday he trained really well, today he was off. Tomorrow if he feels good he is going to play.’

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to make his first start since October this weekend

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to make his first start since October this weekend

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to make his first start since October this weekend

Pep Guardiola is keen for Aguero to get minutes under his belt after a period out with injury

Pep Guardiola is keen for Aguero to get minutes under his belt after a period out with injury

Pep Guardiola is keen for Aguero to get minutes under his belt after a period out with injury

City have been without eight players following positive tests for Covid-19 since Christmas Day.

Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are now available again after completing their periods of isolation while Ederson, Ferran Torres and Tommy Doyle are expected to be the next to return.

Guardiola said: ‘If they are negative on Friday maybe they can be released for a first training session.’

Goalkeeper Ederson is one of a number of City players waiting on a negative test for Covid-19

Goalkeeper Ederson is one of a number of City players waiting on a negative test for Covid-19

Goalkeeper Ederson is one of a number of City players waiting on a negative test for Covid-19

Aguero missed the end of last season, including City’s involvement in the rearranged Champions League mini-tournament in Portugal in August, and the start of the current campaign after undergoing knee surgery.

His comeback has been complicated by further discomfort in the knee and a hamstring injury and he has made just nine appearances this season.

Guardiola said: ‘He’s had a tough injury, really tough, but the important thing is his mood is exceptional, I would say better than ever.

Argentina striker Aguero is fully fit again after finally overcoming knee and hamstring injuries

Argentina striker Aguero is fully fit again after finally overcoming knee and hamstring injuries

Argentina striker Aguero is fully fit again after finally overcoming knee and hamstring injuries

‘The last 10 days, two weeks, his knee’s reaction has been really good. This is the best news we could have.

‘He’s going to start and the minutes (he will play) will be dictated by his level, or his performance or his knee will dictate. 

‘If he could play 90 minutes it would be great, 60 minutes or 30 minutes would be great – the important thing is quality minutes.’ 

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