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Guardiola challenges Aguero to make case for City future

By Sports Desk March 09, 2021

Sergio Aguero can prove he still has a Manchester City future during the "best two or three months" of the season, but Pep Guardiola insists he cannot hand out appearances merely to build the striker's fitness.

It is now 13-and-a-half months since Aguero – fourth on the competition's all-time scorers list – added to his 180 Premier League goals.

A meniscus injury requiring surgery during Project Restart ended his 2019-20 campaign and further knee soreness, a hamstring injury and a bout of coronavirus have restricted him to a bit-part role this time around.

Aguero started last month's 2-1 win over West Ham but has been an unused substitute for the other five league games since he shook the effects of COVID-19, including as his team-mates laboured to a 2-0 home defeat against Manchester United on Sunday.

It seemed reasonable to ask, as City's 21-match winning streak ebbed away, if Aguero was not the man for that situation in the Manchester derby, how frequently is the 32-year-old likely to fit into Guardiola's plans before his contract expires in June?

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