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Sergio Aguero giving Pep Guardiola selection dilemma ahead of Tottenham clash

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Sergio Aguero is not injured but nor does he feel 100% (Picture: Getty)

Sergio Aguero’s ongoing fitness issues are giving Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola a headache ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Tottenham.

Spurs take a 1-0 aggregate lead into the game at the Etihad, meaning City need to win by two clear goals to progress to the semi-finals.

Aguero returned from injury in the first leg after missing City’s previous two fixtures following his decision to come off in their 2-0 win against Fulham on March 30th.

Guardiola refused to describe Aguero’s issue as an injury, revealing instead that he ‘felt something’ and didn’t want to aggravate it by staying on at Craven Cottage.

‘Tightness’ in Aguero’s right leg is still troubling him (Picture: Getty)

The Argentine was given ten days to recover but he looked far from himself when he returned against Spurs and saw his penalty saved by Hugo Lloris after ten minutes in north London.

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City hoped Aguero could play his way through the issue but his performance against Crystal Palace on Sunday has exacerbated the problem and left Guardiola pondering his options.

City fear that, while Aguero is not strictly injured, he’s playing ‘within himself’ and not able to push himself to the limits at a crucial stage of the season.

Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero's fitness

‘He’s fit, he needs games to get his best condition. Other players, like Bernardo and the other strikers, they are fit and firing. Tomorrow is not a lot about physical condition, do they want to get through. This is the moment. The desire to get through, the illusion, what is the pressure. If we lose, then we have failed and next year we’ll be there again in the Champions League

Gabriel Jesus replaced Aguero with 15 minutes remaining at Selhurst Park on Sunday and scored in injury time as the Eagles threatened to grab an equaliser.

Guardiola must now consider whether a fit and firing Jesus represents a better option than Aguero to face Spurs, who they host again four days later at the Etihad in the Premier League.

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