Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is poised to miss the first two months of the new season.

The Argentine ace has suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery in June and is expected to be sidelined until the middle of November.

The news is a huge blow to City boss Pep Guardiola as he looks to wrestle back the Premier League title from bitter rivals Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp's men finished 18 points ahead of second placed City last season en-route to becoming champions for the first time in 30 years - and Guardiola is desperate to regain the title.

City's record goalscorer suffered meniscus damage during a 5-0 home thrashing of Burnley when last season resumed following lockdown.

Sergio Aguero could leave Manchester City next summer
Sergio Aguero picked up his injury at the back end of last season

He was sent to Barcelona to see Guardiola's preferred surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat and had an operation to repair the damage that forced him to miss City's shock Champions League quarter final defeat to Lyon in Lisbon.

Etihad bosses thought Aguero would be back within six weeks, but the 32-year-old has not recovered as quickly as expected and Guardiola now fears it might be another eight weeks before his leading striker is back in action.

Guardiola, whose side kick-off their top flight campaign at Wolves on Monday, said: "We knew that the injury was difficult.

Sergio Aguero underwent surgery following his blow

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"He is doing the job and in maybe one month or two months he will be ready.

"Two months? Yeah, because he has to come back on the pitch and regain the physical condition.

"Sergio was out for a long time and Sergio is not a guy who regains the physical condition quickly, so I think in one month or two months he will be ready."