Sergio Aguero could reclaim his starting place up front for Manchester City following the long term injury to Gabriel Jesus.
Boss Pep Guardiola was pleased with Aguero's attitude when he was left out of the side and is confident City can rely on him for the rest of the season.
"It's not easy for the player who does not play. Sergio was more than professional. In the last game against Bournemouth after the injury to Gabriel he came in and played good.
"I don't have doubts about Sergio Aguero or his quality because it was always there."
The City boss also rejected suggestions he might ask Aguero to adjust his game to mirror that of Jesus, insisting he wants each of his players to play to their respective strengths.
"Sergio has to do what he has done since the beginning of his career. Nothing more," Guardiola said. "Every player has how own qualities that he has to show.
"When Gabriel played for the last three games I didn't say to him 'you have to do what Sergio does'. The same goes for Sergio.
"Gabriel has his own qualities and Sergio has his own qualities. With both we are a stronger team but now we have an unlucky situation with Gabriel like we had with [Ilkay] Gundogan."