Aguero in isolation after close contact with COVID-19 case
Published: 01:54 PM, 11 January 2021 Updated: 02:08 PM, 11 January 2021
Manchester City star Sergio Aguero
Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is self-isolating after coming into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
The Argentine himself has tested negative but has still been forced into isolation under government protocols.
"Unfortunately he was in contact more than usual with one person who is positive. He must isolate for a few days," the club manager Pep Guardiola said of Aguero, who has played nine games in all competitions this season.
"I don't know exactly because he has been tested like all of us six times in the last 10-15 days so it is negative.
"Today I think he was negative too but the protocols say in some cases isolate and in other cases we still play football."
Aguero, 32, was expected to start in its FA Cup third-round tie against second-tier Birmingham City on Sunday but did not feature in the matchday squad as Guardiola's side sealed a 3-0 win following two goals from Bernardo Silva and one from Phil Foden.
City has recently battled a COVID-19 outbreak, with six players testing positive. Its Premier League match at Everton was postponed and its training ground closed for two days as a precaution.
Goalkeeper Scott Carson, defender Eric Garcia and midfielder Cole Palmer are also in isolation following positive COVID-19 tests.