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Manchester City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero on Thursday revealed that he has contracted coronavirus and is self-isolating.
The 32-year-old Argentinian striker had already been self-isolating due to being in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.
Britain is in the midst of a third lockdown due to the emergence of a new strain of Covid-19 across the country in recent months which is believed to be more contagious.
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Manchester City has been hard hit by the virus with 11 players and staff testing positive in recent weeks.
They were forced to postpone a Premier League match with Everton in late December.
Aguero has had a frustrating season making just three starts due to a series of injury problems.
‘After a close contact, I’ve been self-isolating and the latest test I took was positive for Covid-19,’ he tweeted.
‘I had some symptoms and I’m following doctor’s orders for recovery. Take care, everyone!’
The city has been having a good run of results despite his absence, their 2-0 win in the Premier League over Aston Villa on Wednesday being their ninth successive win in all competitions.
It is yet another setback for City’s record goalscorer, who has started just three matches this season.
Aguero missed the end of the last term and the start of the current campaign after undergoing knee surgery in June.
His return to action was then complicated by a hamstring injury in October and he later experienced further discomfort in his knee.
After a series of substitute appearances he had been due to return to the starting line-up in City’s FA Cup third-round tie against Birmingham earlier this month but was then told to isolate.
He has been unavailable for the last four games for this reason and the latest news means he will be out of action a while longer yet.