Player News - Manchester City

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Sergio Aguero says his knee "feels like new" after struggling with a persistent problem since 2013.

Aguero took the decision to have surgery in April following Manchester City’s exit from the Champions League. "I spoke with the medical team earlier [in the season] and we agreed to wait. It didn’t improve," he told Argentine TV channel TyC Sports. "Pep [Guardiola] used me as a substitute a lot and told me to stay calm but after being knocked out, I told the doctors, I didn’t feel good. With the World Cup ahead, I preferred to do it because otherwise I could have missed out." Despite only making 22 Premier League starts, and completing 90 minutes on thirteen occasions, Aguero was still City’s top scorer with 21-goals which came at a rate of one in every 94 minutes played and defenders could be forgiven for fearing the worst ahead of the upcoming campaign. The Argentine has directly contributed to a goal in every 82 minutes since 2013/14 and facing a fully fit Aguero is a daunting prospect for any centre-back.
May 18 - 5:34 AM

Manchester City wasted no time in locking down manager Pep Guardiola to a new long-term contract through 2021.

After a worrisome first season in the Premier League, one of the first without a single trophy, Guardiola led the Sky Blues to the League Cup and Premier League titles at a record pace. The club became the first Premier League club to breach 100 points in a single season, set Premier League records for wins and goals along the way, and reached the quarterfinals of Champions League. Said Guardiola on his new deal: "I am so happy and excited...I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players. We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season."
May 18 - 5:18 AM

David Silva confirms he can finally take his son, Mateo, home for the first time having spent five long months in hospital.

Mateo Silva was born prematurely in December 2017 which resulted in the Spanish play maker missing 4 of Manchester City’s five Premier League fixtures over the festive period due to ‘personal reasons’. Speaking at the time, Silva revealed his son was "fighting day by day" and City have given him special dispensation throughout the second half of the campaign to return home to at his sons bedside. Silva missed the final two games of the season after flying back to Valencia, but he offered an update on Tuesday confirming his good news via Instagram: "We’re finally going home!" he wrote alongside a picture of the staff who helped care for his son. "We will be eternally grateful for the amazing paediatric team and ICU units of the Hospital Casa de Salud for their professionalism and human treatment that they have shown us these 5 long months. Just thank you!"
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 16 - 10:01 AM

It took until stoppage time but off of a Gabriel Jesus goal, the Citizens became the first team to reach 100 points in a Premier League season in a 1-0 win over Southampton.

It took a while for a strong Manchester City team to grow into the game as Southampton's five-man back line gave them fits. In the first half, the Saints had the better of the chances but sometimes when you’re as good as Manchester City, a little bit of luck goes your way. In the second half, it looked like the game would trend toward a draw but Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus combined in the 94th minute to get the win for City. A few more records were broken as City reached 100 points to win the title by the largest margin in Premier League history at 19 points.
May 13 - 12:36 PM

Yaya Touré was named as "Legend" in the team's official line up on Twitter and this set out the testimonial feel of the evening.

City opened the scoring early on through Danilo, who was played through into a one on one with Bravo by Sané and whilst Brighton struck back through Ulloa, City's win was never in doubt. Bernardo Silva scored the second, scoring City's 104th goal of the PL campaign, breaking the previous record. Fernandinho wrapped up the scoring with less than 20 minutes to go and whilst City pushed on, they couldn't score. Gabriel Jesus' substitution in the final minutes capped off a disappointing second consecutive blank for the Brazilian to the frustration of many fantasy managers.
Source: BBC Sport
May 9 - 5:16 PM

Manchester City's coronation as Premier League champions was expected to end with three points, but Huddersfield Town stood firm in a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side were aiming to celebrate their title-winning campaign by breaking the record for points and goals scored in a Premier League season, but 16th-placed Huddersfield had other ideas. Ederson was forced into action early to deny Alex Pritchard and Florent Hadergjonaj, but City responded and went close when Kevin De Bruyne blasted wide before the break. The home side dominated after the restart, but the high-scoring attack could not break the Terriers down. As the match neared the death though, Nicolas Otamendi curled just wide off the post. Scott Malone then nearly stole a late winner, but the defender fired straight at Ederson. While the result came as a shock, it was not enough to spoil City's trophy celebration.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 12:10 PM

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling recorded three assists in the club's 4-1 win against West Ham on Sunday.

Sterling created the first goal by finding Leroy Sane on the wing in the seventh minute. The German benefitted from a crazy deflection off Patrice Evra for the opener before Pablo Zabaleta doubled the City lead with an own goal against his former team in the 27th minute. After Aaron Cresswell cut into the lead with a well-taken free kick, Sterling added to his haul by finding a streaking Gabriel Jesus in the box with a perfect pass in the 53rd minute. And finally, Sterling recorded the hat-trick of assists by connecting with Fernandinho in the 64th minute to close a busy day at the Olympic Stadium.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 11:20 AM

Pep Guardiola believes John Stones will be ready for the World Cup as he works his way back to full fitness.

An abductor injury has kept the City defender sidelined for almost three weeks, but Stones is on the mend and should play a part during the run-in. "It is getting better," said Guardiola. "Hopefully he can play the last games." When asked if he thought the 23-year-old would be ready for the World Cup finals in Russia, the Spaniard replied: "I think he will be fine, yes." Stones has had a disappointing 2018 with just three Premier League starts having begun the season well. The return of captain Vincent Kompany and the excellent form of Nicolás Otamendi has limited him to less than 12 hours of football – across all domestic competitions – since January. He did however, feature in England’s two recent friendly internationals against Netherlands and Italy. Despite an assured performance in Amsterdam, Stones endured a mixed evening at Wembley four days later, gifting Ciro Immobile an early chance and is still prone to mistakes.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 22 - 3:53 PM

Manchester City reminded everyone of why they deserve their league title this season with a dominant 5-0 win over Swansea City.

City took the lead early in the first half after holding possession well, with Raheem Sterling teeing up David Silva for the Citizens' first. Sterling himself scored soon after, tapping in a Delph cross. City continued their good work in the second half and Kevin de Bruyne got his name on the scoresheet with a long-range thunderbolt, his fifth from outside the box this season. Raheem Sterling won a penalty for City, which Lukasz Fabianski tipped onto the post, only for Bernardo Silva to score it. Jesus atoned for his miss with a header late on, ably assisted by Yaya Touré's precise chip over the hapless Swansea defence. City close in on a number of Premier League records, whilst the PL's only Welsh side are far from safe 4 points ahead of 18th placed Southampton.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 22 - 1:35 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola announced that forward Sergio Aguero will not return this season.

The forward had arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome knee this week, after playing with the injury since mid March, in the hopes of being available for the World Cup this summer with Argentina. The expected recovery time for such an injury is four to six weeks, barring any setbacks. Manchester City will also be without Fernandinho, due to suspension, this weekend, but otherwise look to be fit. Said Guardiola about Aguero: "Here, yes. It is four or five weeks [out]. Hopefully he is going to be ready for the World Cup and he will be ready for the next season. He is in Barcelona right now, for the first part of the rehabilitation he is going to be there."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 20 - 12:32 PM

Sergio Aguero's arthroscopic surgery could have more repercussions that just the end of the Premier League season.

Aguero has likely been ruled out for the remainder of the season after sustaining a couple knocks to his knee over the last few weeks, but Argentina's team doctor has his doubts over Aguero's place in the World Cup team this summer, saying that the star striker at least won't be 100 %. Said Homero D'Agostino: "That a player has undergone an arthroscope with 60 days to go before the World Cup is worrying. The recovery process will require at least five weeks...It's never going to be less than three or four weeks, or even more. I imagine that he will not arrive 100 percent fit with the limited time that is left before the World Cup."
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 3:07 PM

Sergio Aguero is expected to miss the remainder of the season following a small surgical procedure on his knee.

The Argentine star was injured in training over a month ago but returned for a 15-minute cameo in the Manchester derby, only be caught by a heavy Ashley Young challenge which somehow went unpunished by referee Martin Atkinson. Speaking ahead of the Tottenham clash at Wembley, Guardiola confirmed Aguero would miss the game: "He made a huge effort [to play] in the last 20 minutes [against Liverpool] then said he couldn't run," revealed the City boss. "He had problems with his knee and could not train. Hopefully he will be ready for the last games and the World Cup." However, having clinched the Premier League title on Sunday, a decision was taken for Aguero to go under the knife to remedy a niggling problem. The striker is said to be targeting a return in May. "Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee," he tweeted on Tuesday. "Fully motivated to get back soon to the field."
Apr 17 - 10:56 AM

A goal and assist from both Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus powered Manchester City past Spurs on Saturday night.

But it's Sterling in particular who has been shining of late for City, who are now only three points away from clinching their first Premier League title under Pep Guardiola. After the Sky Blues took a two-goal lead in a three-minute span starting in the 22nd minute, Spurs looked to find their bearings, cutting into the City lead and putting the visitors on the back foot in what was shaping up to be a repeat of the collapse against Manchester United last weekend. But it was Sterling who came to City's rescue with his goal in the 72nd to put the match to bed. It was the former Liverpool man's 17th goal of the season, who now has three goals and three assists in his last five Premier League matches. Sterling may be one to watch out for in the home stretch, especially in the double gameweek Week 37.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 7:28 AM

Manchester City will have to fend off Tottenham without star forward Sergio Aguero due to a knee injury.

The Argentine forward came off the bench against Liverpool in a 2-1 Champions League loss this week, hobbling through the second half. Aguero missed much of March with a knee injury and then suffered a reaction after a challenge from Manchester United winger Ashley Young last weekend. Said Guardiola: "He was injured before the game [against Liverpool] but tried to help us. That's why he could not play from the beginning. He was not ready...He played less than 15, 20 minutes and after said he cannot run and was in a lot of pain. I don’t if he will be ready for Swansea. Hopefully for the last games we can have him.
Apr 13 - 5:31 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defender John Stones is a doubt for the week due to an adductor injury.

The former Everton star missed the Manchester derby this weekend with the injury and is not expected to take part in the club's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Liverpool tomorrow after not training Monday, along with defender Danilo. Said Guardiola: "In the last game, he had concussion with the national team, he could not play at Everton and did not train. And then before United again he felt something in his adductor and it was not perfect, so I decided not to take a risk. He knows the confidence I have in him, this season he grew up. He has to fight with these guys to convince me [he should play]."
Apr 9 - 4:19 PM



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