Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero for their Champions League first-leg tie against Barcelona, Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.
Argentine international Aguero sustained a thigh injury during City's 5-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur last month and fans were hopeful that he could be fit to face the La Liga champions at the Etihad Stadium.
However, sadly it appears that the 25-year-old has not managed to recover in time and Pellegrini has said that he will not be included the squad.
While Manchester City fans are sure to be disappointed that Aguero is set to miss out, they have been given hope over fellow South American Fernandinho, with Pellegrini suggesting that the Brazilian midfielder has a chance to face Lionel Messi and co. after training without any issues or setbacks on Monday.
Despite lacking their star man, Manchester City will have been given a significant boost after knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup on Saturday courtesy of goals from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri.
Barcelona, meanwhile, also go into Tuesday's last 16 clash on a high following their emphatic 6-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening.
Messi notched a brace for the hosts, while Alexis Sanchez, Pedro, Neymar and Adriano also got themselves on the scoresheet for Gerardo Martino's side.