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Manchester City boss Guardiola: I was given a Sergio Christmas presence scare

Chris-miss: City striker Aguero PICTURES: REX/GETTY

SERGIO AGUERO has given Manchester City an injury scare ahead of the busy festive period.

The Argentina international was left out of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth with a muscle injury, and he is doubtful to face Watford and Chelsea this week after manager Pep Guardiola revealed club doctors warned him Aguero could be ruled out until January if he aggravated the problem.

‘The doctors told me (on Friday) Sergio cannot play,’ Guardiola said.

‘If he plays, maybe it’s four or five weeks off. In that situation, this month, with a lot of games, he was not safe.’

City’s all-time top scorer therefore seems unlikely to make the trip to Vicarage Road tonight or Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

‘Right now, I’m not quite sure,’ said Guardiola when asked about Aguero’s availability. ‘We’ll see. That’s why I said before day by day we see. I speak with the doctors every day, they make a report and a briefing. They say “ready” or “not ready” and we decide.’

Gabriel Jesus started against Bournemouth in Aguero’s absence but was unable to get on the scoresheet.

Though he netted a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk last month, the Brazil striker has scored only one league goal for City in a largely frustrating season to date.

Aguero’s form has limited his playing time but the 21-year-old said he was ready to contribute if needed following his own injury concerns, which saw him miss last week’s Champions League draw at Lyon.

‘I’ve been training really hard, maybe that’s why I felt something in my groin last week,’ Jesus said.

‘Unfortunately I was out of the Champions League match that I really wanted to play.

‘I always make it clear for Pep that I’m here to help the team regardless of how. Obviously that I want to play more minutes but I respect who is playing at the moment.

‘Hopefully I make the best out of my next chance.’

They said it…

‘He can do better. We are so delighted with what he has done over the past three years. But he can be more consistent in possession and with his control’ — Pep Guardiola (pictured) believes the best is yet to come from Raheem Sterling, even though the Manchester City forward is in scintillating form for the champions