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Guardiola Gives Update on Manchester City Stars

City Boss Says Aguero To Start Against Birmingham

Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has given an update on three of his stars ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup third round match with Birmingham.

Guardiola confirmed striker Sergio Aguero, who has been on the bench since returning from injury, will start the match against the Midlands team, but he was less certain when speaking about Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus.

The pair tested positive for Covid-19 over the Christmas period and have missed the victories over Newcastle and Chelsea and would also have missed the match at Everton before it was postponed. Aguero however, has only played nine times this season but Guardiola is confident the Argentine striker will start on Sunday.

“If he is good in these next days, he will start,” Pep confirmed after City’s League Cup semi-final win over United last night. However he was less optimistic about Walker and Jesus, who both returned to the bench at Old Trafford.

“It’s a mystery. No-one knows what happens when you get back from COVID. Some recover well, some recover bad. We will see training sessions and see how they react. When I speak to them, they said they feel tired - ten days without training.

“But tomorrow training, next day training and we will analyse how they feel.”