Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero needs time to rediscover his best form after a lengthy spell out and the Argentine will have to fight for his spot in the squad, manager Pep Guardiola said.

A combination of injuries and COVID-19 have restricted Aguero to 11 appearances in all competitions this season.

The 32-year-old made his first start in four months in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United, which marked City’s 20th straight victory in all competitions.

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Guardiola said Aguero, City’s record scorer with 256 goals, remains a key player of the team.

“He knows it from day one, the guys who play deserve to play,” Guardiola said. “It’s not just for Sergio – it’s for everyone. I try to make fair decisions.

“Sergio is so important for us. He has special talents and special quality.

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