While they have not exactly been suffering in his absence due to the combined goal-scoring burden shared by a number of first-team players (Manchester City have recorded eight individual scorers since Sergio Aguero's withdrawal from action against Arsenal), Manuel Pellegrini has received a huge injury boost as the club face a number of elite-level teams at the end of the month.
'Sergio is working normally but I think he has at least one or two weeks more to go, probably two,' confirmed the 60-year-old Chilean, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Aguero injured his calf during the devastating 6-3 rout over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on December 14, will likely be absent from Pellegrini's selections for the League Cup semifinal first leg against West Ham United on Wednesday, the trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday, the hosting of Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup third round reply on Wednesday and the visit of Cardiff City on Saturday, January 18.
However, by the time City travel to Tottenham Hotspur on January 29 - a team who have already conceded 25 in the Premier League this season - and take on Chelsea at home on February 3, a side who have lost thrice on the road in the league, Aguero will likely be fully match fit.
Prior to his injury Aguero - along with Liverpool's Luis Suarez - was the most efficient and ruthless attacker in the Premier League. In 20 Premier League and Champions League games, Aguero returned 19 goals and ten assists; an attacking efficiency of a goal/assist produced every 51 minutes.
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