Sergio Aguero's calf injury may rule him out for up to two months, but there is one capable goal-scoring replacement eager to step in.
While many sides in world football would rue a two-month absence from their star striker - the second top goalscorer in his division - the sheer depth in quality in Manchester City's roster ensures they have a proven striker ready to step in to shoulder the goal-scoring burden once carried by Sergio Aguero.
Having already netted 13 times, Aguero was on course to push Liverpool forward Luis Suarez close in the race for this year's Golden Boot, however, his chances of becoming the Premier League's top goalscorer this season will have been dashed due to his sustaining of a calf injury.
Confident Edin Dzeko has sent a reminder to his manager Manuel Pellegrini and even those around the country that he will not be encumbered by the responsibility of hitting the target in Aguero's absence. And, if his recent form is anything to go by - six shots, four on target, two goals against Leicester City in the League Cup - then the Bosnian may be able to walk the walk after talking the talk.
On Aguero's injury, Dzeko said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: 'This is very bad for the team because Sergio has had an amazing season, scoring a lot of goals, and he is an important player for us. Now we have to play games without him, and try to win — there are a lot of players who want to play.'
This season, including all competitive matches as well as international friendlies, Dzeko has returned 11 goals and provided three assists in 20 appearances. Considering he has only played 1,273 minutes of football, this corresponds to a goal or assist every 91 minutes - near enough one full match inclusive of injury time.
'I am a striker that has scored goals all my life, and I love to do it. When I get a chance I’m trying always to score goals.'
While Aguero's injury may benefit Arsenal and the other title-challengers as it temporarily removes one of City's best players, for two months it may inhibit any chance the Gunners had of recruiting Dzeko, if indeed he was a legitimate target for Arsene Wenger, as reported by the Daily Mirror last month, because Pellegrini will now be loathe to allow Edin to leave when he has a regular first-team role to play.
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