Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has given Manuel Pellgerini a boost by returning to training ahead of Monday’s crucial Premier League clash with Arsenal.
Aguero has been out of action with a heel problem since the end of November, despite initial moves by the Argentine and Pellergini to play down the severity of the injury.
The City boss revealed ahead of Saturday’s victory against Swansea City that he hoped Aguero would be fit to return to full training at the start of this week, and that has proven to be the case.
Aguero trained lightly over the weekend but worked with the ball and resumed fast-paced exercises with his team-mates on Monday and Tuesday.
With the game at the Emirates Stadium held on Monday, there is extra time for the striker to work his way back to something approaching match fitness.
But with a busy schedule coming up over Christmas, including three games in eight days between December 26 and January 2, plus League Cup and FA Cup ties before February, there may be a temptation to start Aguero on the bench.
Wilfried Bony has scored three goals in his last four matches and could continue up front, while Raheem Sterling started as a lone striker against Borussia Monchengladbach last week.
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