Aguero targeting Gunners match for return

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero is targeting Manchester City's visit to face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on December 15, with positive news on his recent thigh injury.

The Argentina striker was expected to miss up to a month after suffering a strain in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea, adding to the Citizens’ bad luck with injuries this season.

Aguero will miss the Premier League trips to face Newcastle United and Burnley during the next week, not to mention the personal disappointment of next weekend’s derby clash against bitter rivals Manchester United at the Etihad.

City’s record all-time goalscorer, however, began his rehabilitation on Thursday afternoon and the club’s medical staff are more confident that the South American marksman can return to action against the struggling Gunners.

Aguero was in attendance on Tuesday evening to watch his team-mates underwhelm in the 1-1 Champions League draw against Shakhtar Donetsk, which was still enough for Pep Guardiola’s team to secure top billing in Group C with a game to spare.

City are now facing a tough spell of 16 games in 63 days, including a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at League One outfit Oxford United on December 18.

The goal burden is now on the shoulders of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus, but the fact remains a quick return of Aguero will provide a massive boost to Guardiola’s team.

It’s understood the 31-year-old will spend the next few days in the gym but expects to be allowed to start jogging again by the end of next week, subject to no reaction.

Up until this latest injury setback, Aguero had bagged 13 goals in just 16 appearances this term, continuing to underline just how much City still come to rely on his predatory instincts.

He is currently the third-highest scorer in the Premier League this season after being a key member of the squad once more.

Only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham have been more clinical in front of goal in the top flight, scoring 12 and 10 goals respectively.