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Aguero back in training but faces late fitness test


Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Pep Guardiola will decide today if Sergio Aguero is fit to lead the Manchester City line against West Brom tonight.

Aguero's goalscoring instincts were sorely missed in Saturday's goalless Manchester derby as the Argentinian missed out due to gastroenteritis.

The illness was a fresh setback for the 32-year-old, who has been struggling with a series of injuries this season, limited to just five appearances.

But Aguero returned to training on Monday and is in contention to face the Baggies.

"Today he was training but in the last two or three days he could not train, so we will decide tomorrow," Guardiola said.

City have been a long way from their free-scoring best at several points this season, hampered by injuries that have hit both Aguero and fellow striker Gabriel Jesus.

But they have made significant progress at the other end of the pitch, with Saturday making it six straight games in which Guardiola's side have kept a clean sheet.

John Stones, whose City career had appeared over at times last season, has returned to play a major role, starting four of those games and playing over an hour as a substitute in the 3-0 Champions League win over Marseille.

That has meant a limited role lately for Aymeric Laporte, now without a Premier League start since November 21, but Guardiola said he would need all of his defenders in the weeks ahead.

"It depends on performances and John is performing well, that is why he is playing," Guardiola said.

"But there are a lot of games and everyone has to be ready."

City are down in ninth place in the congested top half of the Premier League table, still four points adrift of the top four but with a game in hand on most of those above them.

Belfast Telegraph