The 25-year-old Argentine had hoped to return to action for Manuel Pellegrini’s side this weekend as the Citizens prepare to face Arsenal at the Emirates but the star striker has now been ruled out having still to fully recover from his hamstring injury suffered in City’s defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
That means City will be without both their star striker and likely their creative playmaker David Silva who is also a major doubt for the trip to North London. Whilst this will come as a boost for the Gunners, Arsene Wenger’s side are suffering their own injury crisis at present – Aaron Ramsey was expected to return this week but the French boss now expects the Welsh midfielder to be sidelined for a few more weeks.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s club record signing Mesut Ozil is still out, as well as Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny who will all miss the game on Saturday. City arrive at the Emirates off the back of their 3-0 demolition of archrivals Manchester United in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.
Their 6-3 win over Arsenal at the Etihad earlier this season was the first of the Gunners’ big defeats this season, followed by a 5-1 thrashing at Anfield and their 6-0 defeat last weekend at Stamford Bridge. Arsene Wenger insists there are still twists and turns yet in this title race but should the Gunners lose to City this weekend their challenge will almost certainly be dead and buried this term.
However, Arsenal will be positive going into the clash as they have lost just one game at the Emirates this term on the opening day of the season to Aston Villa – City have improved their away record in recent months but have still lost four games on the road this term.
But without two of their star players the Gunners might just fancy their chances.