Aguero ready to resume normal service today

Sergio Aguero leads Manchester City's training earlier this week. The Argentinian is his side's joint top scorer in the league with six goals so far, equalling the tallies of team-mates Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.
Sergio Aguero leads Manchester City's training earlier this week. The Argentinian is his side's joint top scorer in the league with six goals so far, equalling the tallies of team-mates Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Manchester City thrashed Stoke 7-2 last weekend without striker Sergio Aguero, who had just recovered from broken ribs suffered in a car accident.

Ahead of his team's Premier League match today, City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Argentinian is fit to start - news that would surely strike fear into today's opponents, Burnley.

"Against Stoke, he had just had one training session. He was not completely fit but he was ready against Napoli (in the midweek Champions League game) and of course is ready for tomorrow," said the Spaniard at his pre-match conference yesterday.

Aguero has scored six goals in the Premier League this season, just one behind top scorer Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United.

With his return, City will be aiming to continue their recent scintillating form at the Etihad today.

Guardiola's side are two points clear of second-placed United as they chase a first English title since 2014.

Inspired by Kevin de Bruyne's majestic form, City have taken the league by storm and Burnley could be the next lamb to the slaughter.

City's rout of Stoke City last weekend made them the first English top-flight team to score 29 times in their first eight games since Everton in 1894-95.

De Bruyne has been key to City's surge - the Belgian's 32 assists are the most by any Premier League player in the period since September 2015.

Adding Aguero, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling to the mix is almost cruel on City's opponents.

"We play in a flow at the moment. It's not just me. It's wonderful to see the goals," de Bruyne said.

He also believes his club and rivals United currently have the edge over their opponents.

But he insists that it is too early in the season to choose title favourites.

"It's so early, if you lose two or three games, you go back to a (lower) position. We have to maintain this hopefully and keep going," de Bruyne said.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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