Aguero absent for Stoke trip

12 March 2018 03:25:17 EST

Premier League leaders Manchester City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero due to a knee injury when they make the short trip to Stoke City on Monday evening.

The 29-year-old Argentinian sustained the problem in training and confirmed via social media that he is facing what he hopes is a short spell on the sidelines.

It's almost done, but we are not the champions.

Pep Guardiola

Aguero tweeted: "During yesterday's training I had a discomfort on my left knee. Now it's time for a full recovery."

The South American, who has netted 30 goals in all competitions for the Citizens already this season, is likely to be replaced by Gabriel Jesus, who scored in the midweek Champions League loss to FC Basel.

The Citizens are 2/9 to win on Monday evening and are 13/2 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline, with Gabriel Jesus 8/13 to score at any time.

Meanwhile, City head coach Pep Guardiola has warned his players not to think too far ahead, despite them requiring only a handful of victories to be sure of being crowned Premier League champions.

He told reporters: "It's almost done, but we are not the champions - the champions are still Chelsea. We have to get the points as soon as possible, knowing that we have the opportunity.

"I know everyone wants to anticipate the situation and what will happen, everyone is thinking about when we will win the title.

"But the best example was (Wednesday). Nobody thought we could lose against Basel and we lost against Basel. We need to be relaxed, stay calm and think about Stoke City."

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