Manchester City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero when they take on Italian champions Juventus on Tuesday in the Champions League. Aguero took a knock on his knee in the weekend game against Crystal Palace and will not recover in time.
“Sergio also is not fit for tomorrow,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini told The Daily Mail. “He has a kick in his knee. It is difficult for him.”
Pellegrini also spoke about his team’s poor record in the Champions League during the two last seasons. City has been knocked out in the Round of 16 for two straight years, and both times against FC Barcelona.
“We are just thinking to win tomorrow against Juventus and try and qualify as we did in the last two seasons. After that we will see the draw. It is important to have your mind in tomorrow.
“It is very important to not only have a successful team here but in Europe but we need to go step by step.
“Maybe last year and the other years, Barcelona is a very strong team. I hope we will not play against Barcelona in the round of 16 and if we have to play against a strong team in the round of 16 we will see.”
City will also be without Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored the winner against Crystal Palace over the weekend, as he is not in the club’s Champions League squad.
“It was very important for Kelechi but we could not put him in the squad list because we just had 17 players,” Pellegrini said. “It is not the best moment to be without him but I think Raheem [Sterling] can also play as a forward so we have different options.”