Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed Sergio Aguero will miss the huge game against Liverpool this weekend.
The Argentinean striker has not featured since the win against Chelsea on January 3 after he was forced into self-isolation when someone he was in contact with tested positive for Covid-19 and then contracted the virus himself.
The 32-year-old has resumed full training this week, but speaking ahead of his side's match against Burnley on Wednesday Guardiola said Aguero would still need a few weeks to regain full fitness, and will miss therefore miss out on the trip to Anfield
"He is still not training on the field," Guardiola said. "He started to move a little yesterday but he will need a few weeks to come back.
"He is negative, this is the most important thing. He is healthy again and now he will come back again. As the top scorer it is important for us to have him back."
It is the latest setback in what has been a frustrating season for Aguero, who has struggled with a number of injury and off-field issues, starting just two Premier League games.
City have managed to cope without him, however, and sit top of the Premier League and three points ahead of closest challengers Manchester United having played a match more.
Guardiola is refusing to get carried away, however, and insists it is still too early to talk about the title race.
"Six weeks ago we were not contenders for anything, six weeks later we are contenders. Everything can change so quickly," he added.
"We can drop five points in two games in three days. It has happened to other teams so it can happen to you.
"So, all I am concerned about is Burnley, not the runs we have achieved, only Burnley."
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