Pep Guardiola is convinced Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will still be the “same player” when he returns from his lingering injury problems.
The 32-year-old Aguero has been limited to 26 Premier League appearances out of a possible 47 since the start of last season, with a series of fitness problems plaguing the Argentinian.
In 2019-20, Aguero suffered with thigh issues and a knee injury that had him sidelined for four months, missing the start of this campaign.
Although he returned to the pitch in October, Aguero was soon back in the treatment room with a hamstring strain, and is currently nursing another knee injury. Aguero is City’s all-time leading goalscorer and his pedigree in the Premier League is significant – since the start of 2015-16, his 102 goals is bettered by only Jamie Vardy (106) and Harry Kane (126).
Despite his record, some are concerned Aguero’s injury problems will have caused the former Atletico Madrid player to lose his sharpness, though Guardiola has no such worries.
“When he will be fit, he’ll be the same player,” Guardiola declared ahead of Saturday’s clash with Fulham.
“Of course, age is age, he has to be fit and will need a bit more time than [Phil] Foden or Raheem [Sterling] would, because the physicality of the body is completely different, but I’m optimistic he will help us this season to do what he needs.