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Stevan Jovetic could miss Arsenal clash

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Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic could miss the club's upcoming game against Arsenal after limping out of training while on international duty.

Big things were expected of Jovetic when he swapped Florence for Manchester last summer but injuries denied him the chance to show the City faithful what he can do.

This season has started fruitfully for the Montenegran having netted two goals in three Premier League starts, but he's been faced with yet another setback having limped out of a national team training session.

The Manchester Evening News claim sources in his homeland make the striker a doubt for their European championships qualifier against Moldova having picked up a hamstring injury which could force him out of action for his club too.

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Race to be fit

Premier League champions Manchester City face Arsenal in a lunchtime kick off on Saturday, and manager Manuel Pellegrini will face a nervous wait to find out if Jovetic will be available.

After a disappointing season last year the former Fiorentina man has taken his impressive pre-season form in to this campaign, starting his sides first three league fixtures and netting twice against Liverpool in the process.

The weekend fixture provides City with another chance to set down an early marker in the race for the title having already beaten last season's runners-up Liverpool convincingly.

However, should Jovetic fail to recover Pellegrini will be left with only two fit strikers in his first team squad - Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

Lack of strikers

The early season form of his striking trio convinced Pellegrini to part ways with Alvaro Negredo after just one season, but Jovetic's  latest injury concern could see him regret that decision almost immediately.

Negredo scored an impressive 23 goals in his debut season in England but was allowed to join La Liga side Valencia on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day, heaping responsibility on Jovetic and co.

Should injury rule 24-year-old Jovetic out of the Arsenal game, Pellegrini may opt to deploy one of David Silva or Samir Nasri in a support role behind Dzeko, leaving Augero as an option from the subs bench.

Opportunity for youth?

News of the injury will not only disappoint City fans, but also striker John Guidetti who completed a delayed loan move to Celtic, three days after the transfer window closed.

The Swedish international has found chances hard to come by at the Etihad, but Jovetic's latest knock may have given him a chance to stake a claim for a first team berth.

Guidetti made his debut for the club four years ago, but has failed to make another appearance, instead finding himself shipped out on loan on numerous occasions.

During the 2011/2012 campaign he scored an incredible 20 goals in 23 appearances for Dutch side Feyenoord, but even that form has failed to earn him a shot at first team football at the Etihad.

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