Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling got back in training on Friday ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur, but Nathan Aké and Fernandinho are not ready to return.
Aguero and Fernandinho suffered injuries against West Ham United and Porto in October, whilst Sterling and Ake both picked up problems during the international break.
“Except for Nathan and Fernandinho, the rest have started to come back”, Pep Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“Fernandinho is not fit. He has a bit of gastroenteritis, something in his stomach. Sergio trained this week. Raheem trained for the first time today with the team”.
City travel to the capital five points behind Jose Mourinho’s men, who sit second in the table following a seven-match unbeaten run. Here is what the City manager had to say: “The numbers speak for themselves. They dropped points against West Ham and Newcastle in the last minute. Imagine the points if they hadn’t.
The quality was always there. They qualified for the Champions League for four or five years and reached the final. They have been a good team since Pochettino took over. It is a fantastic squad”.
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Since Guardiola signed a new two-year contract, rumours have been speculating that he intends to bring in Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi. However, Pep refused to disclose more about the topic as he once said that he wishes for the Argentine striker to finish his career at the Camp Nou.
“Lionel Messi is a Barcelona player”, added the boss.
“I have a huge gratitude for what Barcelona did for me as a player in the academy and as a manager. I have said many times that I would like Leo to finish his career there. I don’t know what is in his mind. We have only incredible targets in our mind. I can’t say anything else about the rest”.