Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic about star forward Sergio Aguero's injury, and is hopeful that the 26-year-old will be back on the pitch earlier than expected.
Aguero picked up a knee injury in City's 1-0 victory over Everton earlier this month, and it was rumoured that the Argentine could be out until February.
Pellegrini is confident that his star man could be back as early as January 10th though, in time to face Roberto Martinez' men at Goodison Park.
“Sergio has a torn ligament and I think he will play long before the Champions League tie against Barcelona, probably in the first weeks of January," Pellegrini told reporters.
If Pellegrini is correct, Aguero could come back into the squad just in time to play in The Citizens difficult period of fixtures, where they play Everton away, followed by Arsenal at home and then Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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The former Atletico Madrid man has scored nineteen goals in all competitions this season, and remains the Premier League's top scorer with 14, two above Chelsea's Diego Costa.
He has often been mentioned amongst the world's best this season, and steering clear of injury could be the difference between him being a top player, and becoming one of the very best.
Injury crisis at City
The injury to Aguero came at a bad time for Pellegrini, with both Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic already sidelined.
18-year-old, Jose Angel Pozo started as a lone striker in the 1-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday, in a game that Frank Lampard, who is City's second highest scorer this term grabbed the only goal.
City captain Vincent Kompany pulled up clutching his hamstring during the clash at the King Power Stadium, adding to Pellegrini's ever-growing list of injury problems.