Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Stevan Jovetic can make a big impact when he returns from injury.

Jovetic could make his first appearance since October tonight in the Captial One Cup after successfully recovering from calf and hamstring injuries.

The striker has only played three times for City in the Premier League, but Pellegrini is confident he can still be an important player for the club.

According to FourFourTwo, he said: "It's an important chance for him to come back to play but I don't think he'll be able to play from the beginning or play 90 minutes.

"We'll talk with the doctor and if he doesn't have any risks, then maybe he will be in the squad. He came here to play in the Premier League. He was a very important player in Italy for Fiorentina and I still believe he will be a very important player for us.

"It's very difficult to be happy when you're not playing and you have so many injuries, but he's conscious that he will (get to) be 100 per cent fit and demonstrate why he's here. We are trying every day to give him trust so that his bad luck will finish soon.

"It's very important that he comes back ambitious and hungry to be an important player here at Manchester City."

The Montenegrin forward will find it tough to break into the front line at City though, with three strikers above him in the pecking order at the moment.

Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko have scored 29 goals between them so far this season, with the Argentine and Spaniard in particular fine form at the Etihad Stadium.

But if Jovetic can reproduce the form he had when playing for Fiorentina in Serie 'A', scoring 13 goals last season, he will be in with a shout at least.

With Jovetic back City now have four top quality strikers, and they might will need all of them on song if they are going to mount a serious charge for the quadruple this season.

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