The club’s record goalscorer was set for the primary start since October but was overlooked by the squad for the 3-0 victory over Birmingham City
Sergio Aguero missed Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Birmingham City within the FA Cup after being forced to self-isolate.
The club’s all-time top scorer was set for just his fourth start of the season in Sunday’s third-round clash as he looks to place the after-effects of meniscus surgery behind him, but Pep Guardiola confirmed that somebody on the brink of Aguero had tested positive for Covid-19 and therefore the striker was forced to quarantine despite testing negative.
The City boss has been careful with Aguero’s recovery following his operation in June after a hamstring injury at West Ham curtailed his initial return in October.
Aguero, 32, could now be forced to miss the clashes with Brighton on Wednesday and Crystal Palace on Sunday
“Unfortunately he was in touch quite usual with one that is positive,” Guardiola confirmed after the sport. “He must isolate for a couple of days. I don’t know exactly because he has been tested like all folks sixfold within the last 10 to15 days so it’s negative.
“Today, I feel he was negative too but the protocols say in some cases isolate, and in other cases, we still play football. He wasn’t ready to play today.”
Guardiola was ready to start with Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker for the primary time since they tested positive for Covid-19 on Christmas.
The city is on the brink of having a full squad available after the coronavirus outbreak at the club that forced the sport against Everton on December 28 to be called off at short notice.
Ederson, Ferran Torres, and Tommy Doyle have also returned to first-team training after positive tests and will be in contention for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Brighton at Etihad Stadium.
Aymeric Laporte missed the sport with a minor hamstring injury, but Guardiola hopes to possess him back soon.
“Laporte yesterday had the primary session alone,” he said. “So hopefully in one week, I don’t know exactly but hopefully one week, ten days he is going to be OK.”
City progressed comfortably with two goals from Bernardo Silva and a 3rd from Phil Foden while academy youngsters Felix Nmecha, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, and Liam Delap got valuable game time within the last half.
“Our first objective is completed. Some young players were involved and that we have qualified for subsequent rounds,” Guardiola added. “If you follow the trajectory of our team since I arrived, we didn’t drop one game. That’s why we are during a fourth Carabao final during a row, the FA Cup we won two seasons ago, and a semi-final last season.
“Players like Kyle and Gabriel came back. Rodri didn’t play the last game, Mendy for an extended time didn’t play. So for 6, seven players today was good.
“Every game we play, we’ll attempt to win and if the players are more or less fresh, I will be able to use them.”