Sergio Aguero should be fit to face Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League next week, but the Manchester City striker is unlikely to play in the Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa says Roberto Mancini.
The Argentine ace was forced off in the first half of the 4-0 win at Blackburn Rovers prior to the international break after suffering an adductor strain, and was expected to be sidelined for around two weeks.
Aguero is recovering well, but the Citizens boss is reluctant to risk him in the weekend encounter, as he wants the summer signing from Atletico Madrid to be firing on all cylinders when the club returns to European action.
"Sergio could be ready for Saturday but I don't know if we will take the risk," Mancini told the club's official website. "I am sure 100% for Villarreal on Tuesday."
Should Aguero not feature, then City could be left short on attacking options with Carlos Tevez not currently being considered for selection.
But one boost for Mancini is the return of Mario Balotelli who has recovered from the back injury that ruled him out of Italy's recent Euro 2012 qualifiers, and is available for selection on Saturday.