Manchester City take on Burnley on Tuesday night at Turf Moor, with the champions desperate for a Premier League win to keep pressure on divison leaders Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s men go into the game on the back of a disappointing draw at Newcastle United on Saturday, which leaves them 11 points behind the table-topping Reds.
City will have to do without talisman striker Sergio Aguero, according to BBC Sport, who misses out again due to a muscle injury picked up in the defending champions’ 2-1 victory against Chelsea.
The Argentine, who has scored nine goals in the Premier League this season, wasn’t available at St. James’ Park either where City often looked directionless and bereft of ideas without him leading the line.
The report added that City will be without the suspended midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
The Etihad Stadium outfit have not been at their imperial best in recent weeks.
Their draw away at Newcastle meant they have only picked up one win in their last five games across all competitions.
Aguero got the winner on their previous visit to Turf Moor towards the back end of last season with a scrappy finish that barely crossed the line but put City within two wins of their second consecutive Premier League title.
The Citizens face an uphill battle to retain their crown this season and will sorely miss Aguero, who joins key long-term absentees Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane and Oleksandr Zinchenko on the sidelines heading into a key festive period.
City currently sit in third behind Liverpool and surprise package Leicester while Burnley are 10th after a 2-0 defeat at home last time out to Crystal Palace.