Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Manchester City’s clash against Crystal Palace this weekend while Claudio Bravo will not play again this season.
Manager Pep Guardiola has also revealed playmaker David Silva remains a doubt despite returning to training and defender John Stones’ status remains out of the season.
Aguero, City’s top scorer with 31 goals this season, suffered a groin injury in the latter stages of last week’s draw at Middlesbrough and has been unable to prove his fitness for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Palace.
City Manager also confirmed that ,Goalkeeper Bravo who missed the trip to Boro after being substituted with a calf injury in the previous game against Manchester United will also be absent in this weekend fixture against Sam Allardyce’s men.
Guardiola, asked first about Aguero’s fitness at his latest press conference, said: “No. Hopefully the next one but for this game, no. He is not fit.”
On Silva he added: “Yesterday was the first training session. I don’t know if he will be ready for tomorrow. No, after the reaction in the semi-final of the FA Cup, he’s still not perfect.”
Asked further about injuries, he said: “Bravo isn’t coming back until next season, Stones maybe in the last games.”
The encounter with Sam Allardyce’s Palace is the first of three successive home games City hope will see them cement a place in the top four before their final-day trip to Watford.
City, currently fourth, remain locked in a tight battle for Champions League qualification with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Guardiola said: “It’s still in our hands if we are able to win the four games, but that’s so complicated. “I know how tough Crystal Palace are. They beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
“We have Leicester, the last champions, then we have West Brom and Tony Pulis, who are always complicated.
Sam Allardyce’s men will be looking at ensuring their premier league place as the Eagles are not yet mathematically out of the relegation zone.