Aguero, Thiago out of City-Liverpool clash

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Sergio Aguero will not return for Manchester City's Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday, while the champions are also set to be without a key figure of their own, Thiago Alcantara.

City's record goalscorer Aguero, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, had been given an outside chance of returning against the leaders but manager Pep Guadiola ruledout the prospect on Friday.

Thiago is also unlikely to be fit for the match of the weekend after suffering a knee injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton last month, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reported.

"With Thiago ... it's an injury but doesn't need a surgery, all these kind of things but still takes time," Klopp told reporters.

"The challenge that day was a harsh one and directly against the leg, so still adapting but improving. It will not be too long anymore but for this game I don't think he will be in."

Fabinho could return from injury while fit-again Joel Matip could return to the champions' defence after making the bench in the Champions League in midweek.

Asked if Aguero could feature this weekend, Guardiola said at a press conference: "No, he is not ready, not yet."

The 32-year-old is, instead, aiming to make his comeback against Tottenham after the international break.

Aguero's injury had left City without a specialist centre forward but Gabriel Jesus made a goalscoring return to action in midweek as a substitute against Olympiacos in the Champions League.

While not doubting the significance of the game between the last two English top-flight champions, Guardiola says it is too early in the season to draw many conclusions.

"It is an important game," he said. "But, like the presidential elections in the USA, all the votes must be counted - there are a lot of points to play for."