SERGIO AGUERO is a doubt for Manchester City's crunch clash with Chelsea this weekend after not travelling to Watford today.
The reigning Premier League champions take on the Hornets at Vicarage Road tonight but there was no sign of the star striker as the squad boarded their train.
Eamonn and James Clarke20 Manchester City boarded their train south today but there was no sign of Sergio Aguero
Eamonn and James Clarke20 Pep Guardiola's side take on Watford at Vicarage Road tonight
According to The Guardian, Aguero suffered an abductor injury in training yesterday which has ruled him out of the Watford game.
He now faces a race to be fit in time for the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening as City look to extend the gap ahead of their title rivals – City are currently top, two points clear of Liverpool and seven clear of Chelsea.
The Argentine, 30, missed the win over Bournemouth at the weekend to the horror of Dream Team players across the country.
Aleks Zinchenko was also absent from the travelling squad after picking up a freak nose injury in a clash with team-mate Fernandinho during the game against the Cherries.
Eamonn and James Clarke20 Gabriel Jesus may lead the line for the champions tonight in Aguero's absence
Eamonn and James Clarke20 He could do the same in the crunch clash at Chelsea this weekend if Aguero is still unfit
Eamonn and James Clarke20 Aguero picked up an abductor injury in training yesterday
Eamonn and James Clarke20 Guardiola has plenty of thinking to do ahead of the busy fixture pile-up
Fabian Delph could come in at left-back if Pep Guardiola decides to keep the impressive Aymeric Laporte at centre-half.
But moving the French defender across could allow club captain Vincent Kompany to start only his fourth league game of the season.
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In attack, with Aguero absent, Gabriel Jesus is the favourite to lead the line for Manchester City.
Although Raheem Sterling has been deployed in a central role in the past by Guardiola so that is another option.
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Eamonn and James Clarke20 With no Aguero, Raheem Sterling is another option up front tonight
Eamonn and James Clarke20 Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva will both be desperate for a starting spot
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Eamonn and James Clarke20 David Silva is another option to start in midfield after coming off the bench in the win over Bournemouth
The winger is the top English goalscorer in the Premier League – with eight goals – but the demanding coach expects more.
Guardiola said: "He can do better, we are so delighted with what he's done in three years but he can do better, more consistent, first controls – many things. Definitely.
"I've said many times we are delighted but he can do better."
As well as asserting his control on the pitch, Sterling is doing the same at home and has banned his son from watching Peppa Pig – saying she makes him naughty.