12.03.2018 20:29 h

Guardiola gives Jesus first EPL start this year

Brazil star Gabriel Jesus will start his first Premier League match this year for runaway leaders Manchester City at Stoke on Monday.

The 20-year-old -- who returned to the City line-up for last week's Champions League match with Basel after being out with a knee ligament injury -- gets the nod from Pep Guardiola because of a knee injury to City's record goalscorer Argentinian Sergio Aguero.

Aguero is expected to be out for a fortnight.

Guardiola also recalled Raheem Sterling to the starting XI, the England international having missed almost a month because of injury.

City, who need four more wins to wrap up the Premier League title, also start with Jesus's compatriot midfielder Fernandinho and injury-prone Belgian central defender Vincent Kompany.

Stoke, who will move out of the bottom three with a win, have drawn their last three games but won just one of their last 10 league fixtures.