Stefan Jovetic returns to Man City fold for AS Roma

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After injury cruelly halted an impressive start to the season, Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic could be back in action against Roma tonight.

Jovetic suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Montenegro and hasn't featured for Manuel Pellegrini's side since their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke at the end of August, missing six games.

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In his absence City were denied a point from their visit to Bayern Munich on Champions League match-day one, heaping pressure on tonight's game with Serie A side AS Roma.

Squad list

Speaking ahead of the game, Pellegrini updated reporters on the status of several injured players, he said: "We continue injured with Fernando, Stevan Jovetic is in the squad list - he is ready for tomorrow - and Samir Nasri had surgery yesterday, he will be out for around one month. All the other players are fit."

News of Jovetic's availability boosts a City forward line that had become entirely dependent on Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for the last month.

While there's no doubting the pair's ability, Pellegrini will be delighted to once again have attacking options at his disposal. With the City boss opting to start both Dzeko and Aguero for the weekend trip to Hull, he was left with 18-year-old Jose Angel Pozo as his only striker on the bench.

Impressive start

Though he's likely to start from the bench tonight, City fans will hope Jovetic can quickly return to the form that made him an automatic starter in their first three games of the campaign.

After a productive pre-season he quickly repaid his manager's faith by scoring a match-winning brace against Liverpool with two smart finishes.

Perhaps even more importantly, Jovetic's all-round play in the opening weeks was befitting of a Premier League champion, and suggested City may finally be about to see a return on the £22million they paid Fiorentina for his services in the summer of 2013.

Injury issues

The 24-year-old endured a difficult start to life in England, being hampered by a number of niggling injuries throughout his debut season.

With Aguero, Dzeko and the now departed Alvaro Negredo all shining in his absence, Jovetic found a place in the starting line-up difficult to come by even when fully fit.

The lack of starts, mixed with the injury struggles, meant his first season as a City player ended with just six goals in all competitions, and although he played enough games to earn himself a Premier League winners' medal he'll be hoping for a much bigger impact this time around.

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