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Guardiola: ‘Aguero has no chance of starting the derby’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has ruled out striker Sergio Aguero starting the Manchester derby on Saturday.

Speaking after City’s win against Marseille, he said:

“His instinct to score goals will always be there. The important thing is he made a good three or four training sessions and the reaction after the training session was good. He played 25 minutes and scored a goal and was active. Step by step. What is important is how his reaction will be tomorrow after this effort.”

Asked if Aguero will start, he replied: “No”.

Aguero made a wonderful return from injury against Marseille. Replacing Mahrez in the 67th minute, Aguero tapped into an empty net in the 77th minute to double City’s lead.

The Argentine has been out of action for nearly 2 months. His injury against West Ham in the Premier League was an extension of the injury he suffered last season.

City will be glad to have Aguero back before a run of fixtures during the festive season. City have a nearly fit squad. Only Oleksandr Zinchenko remains on the sidelines.

Aguero will be expected to have an impact when Manchester City face United on Saturday at the Old Trafford.

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