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Gabriel Jesus scores for Manchester City

Pep Guardiola hopes Kevin de Bruyne's recent injuries prove a blessing in disguise after the Manchester City playmaker began this season "tired".

Palace's last win without him in the side came against Sunderland on September 24th, 2016, and they have since played 14 Premier league games without him and lost every single one.

However, the 25-year-old struggled for form on Catalonia despite being a regular, and was even voted the "worst signing of the season" by Marca readers in April 2017. Sometimes people recover quite well, sometimes mentally it takes time.

Speaking at his pre-match news conference, Guardiola said of Aguero: "He did the last training session with the team".

"[At Barca] It was tough for me because I wasn't feeling good".

It is the second time that De Bruyne has had a knee injury this season.

But he never get on the pitch despite the ball going out of play - Guardiola opting to not bring him on because he didn't want to make a substitution on a corner.

Gabriel Jesus put the Premier League champions into a comfortable 2-0 lead by the 50th minute with two well-taken goals.

'And that is why I admire him.

"I had doubts to play with Leroy or Raheem but I wanted to give confidence to Leroy after he scored two goals and he was exhausted but that is normal".

"After that he went to the World Cup and when he came back I had the feeling that he was a little bit exhausted still".

Kevin De Bruyne is also closing in on a return and could feature on Saturday, although Guardiola may opt against throwing him straight in from the start despite an injury to David Silva. We valued his performance, he did the same today as he's played in the last few games, but he was in a better situation to score'. It's important but we must focus on what we have to do and try to beat them. His team looked like they received a half-time rollicking and they reemerged with far more urgency, but the Catalan was still demanding more from his players - calling Gabriel Jesus across for advice shortly after his second goal and was seething when City conceded. Richarlison exchanges passes with Lookman, but lashes over the bar from 18 yards out.

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