Pep Guardiola has called on Sergio Aguero to do “what he has always done in his career”, after Gabriel Jesus underwent surgery on the broken bone in his foot.
Gabriel fractured a metatarsal in his right foot during Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth on and is expected to miss the next 8-12 weeks.
Ominously, Guardiola did not mention Kelechi Iheanacho as an option, with Jesus expected to miss the rest of the season
“Sergio has to do what he’s done all his career, nothing more. Every player has his own quality. He has to show it,” the former Bayern Munich coach said on Friday.
“I’m not saying to Sergio: ‘You have to do what Gabriel did.’ Just go there and play as best as possible.
“They both have their own qualities. With both, we are a stronger team and now I have an unlucky situation with Gabriel.
“I don’t have doubts about his [Aguero’s] quality — that has always been there.”
Iheanacho was missing from Guardiola’s match day squad for the trip to the Vitality Stadium.
It is the fifth consecutive game he sat out.
Iheanacho was left out of the 4-0 victory over West Ham, the 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, the 2-2 draw at home with Tottenham Hotspurs and the 2-1 success over Swansea City.