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.
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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"There will be games that are tight and difficult and we need a goal - who is the best guy in these terms? Him.
"But he is coming back after a year and needs time."
City is top of the table with 62 points after 26 games, 12 points above rival Manchester United.