Manchester City scrap plans to take winter break as fixtures pile up

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

"I hope so, right now I'm not sure", Guardiola said, when asked if the pair will play.

The Premier League clash with West Ham at the Etihad Stadium on February 26 will also need to be rescheduled after City effectively confirmed a place in the Carabao Cup final with a 9-0 victory over Burton Albion in the semifinal first leg.

Their arrival in Manchester before Christmas coincided with an upturn in the forward's form, and Guardiola said: "The private life is the private life and if they need something we are there". We are there to help, ' Guardiola said.

'But of course, we cannot substitute the mother and when the family can't be there, it's hard.

"But we don't know the private lives and the private lives can affect a lot their performance, shorter to medium time".

'They have to handle the situation and of course he is not alone, he has friends.

"If you have no injuries and you are satisfied, like in our case, with your players and your squad you have, we decided, going well or going bad, to go with the players we had at the start of the season". "I don't know what more we can do".

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Guardiola hopes to have the Argentine back for the game against Wolves on Monday, with Vincent Kompany keen to prove his fitness too. "He is a little bit better, today was his first training session".

Striker Aguero has been suffering from flu and sickness since the game against Liverpool while captain Kompany has had a muscular problem.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed they are making good progress and could be in contention for a place in the side in Monday's crucial Premier League encounter.

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