Sergio Aguero says he is working tirelessly to be back in time for Manchester City’s clash against Liverpool on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.
The 27-year-old, who arrived at the club back in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, has missed the last seven games for the Citizens after he picked up an injury whilst on international duty with Argentina.
It was a cruel blow for the forward, who was just hitting top form after he bagged five goals in the space of 20 minutes in the 6-1 thumping of Newcastle United on October 3.
That was the last time Aguero has been seen in competitive action for City and losing their talisman has affected the team slightly on the domestic stage.
There have been goalless draws against Aston Villa and Manchester United while they only managed to scrape a 2-1 victory over Norwich City.
A 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth in the mix of that has helped to relieve the pressure on the players but without Aguero the team do look less threatening at times.
Wilfried Bony has been handed the responsibilities of leading the line but, despite bagging a couple goals, the Ivory Coast international is yet to make the position his own.
City do still sit top of the table but they face a tough challenge at home to Liverpool next, and Aguero is aiming to play some part in the contest.
“I do hope I can play in this game,” he said. “I’m doing everything in my power to get to the match in top condition.”
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are favourites at 1.67, a draw is a 4.00 shot while the Reds are priced at 5.25 to cause an upset.