Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has confirmed he will remain in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.
An outbreak of the virus at the Etihad Stadium saw Aguero forced into self-isolation earlier in January after coming into close contact with somebody who had tested positive, and he has missed City’s last three Premier League games as a result.
It was hoped that Aguero would be back available for Pep Guardiola’s side in the near future, but the striker took to Twitter to confirm that he has actually tested positive after developing some symptoms during his isolation.
“After a close contact, I’ve been self-isolating and the latest test I took was positive for COVID-19,” he wrote. “I had some symptoms and I’m following doctor’s orders for recovery. Take care, everyone!”
“We miss him,” Guardiola said (via BBC Sport). “The numbers speak for themselves. He is the best striker in our history. We need Aguero.
“Sergio is a player who can create for himself and win a game by himself but he has not been with us for a long time. When we didn’t have him we could have started complaining but we did completely the opposite.
“We want him back as soon as possible. But at the same time, we have to go forward and we have done that because of the quality and skills that we have.”
Aguero is yet to actually score in the Premier League this season and has just two goals in the Champions League to his name, with various injuries restricting him to just nine appearances in all competitions.
Despite the Argentine’s fitness struggles, Guardiola has ruled out finding an emergency striker during the January transfer window, and he is instead prepared to keep his faith in the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, all of whom have been deployed as central strikers in Aguero’s absence.