Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been given a boost ahead of the season opener tomorrow.
The Independent have revealed that defender Matija Nastasic could be back training as early as next week, which is sure to ease Pellegrini's defensive troubles.
It was feared that the Serbian would miss the first month of the new campaign after suffering an ankle injury during the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament last month, but Pellegrini has said that the 20-year-old is making good progress.
"I am not surprised because we saw him in the last week. He is not ready for the next match but next week he will work normally with the whole squad," he confirmed.
The Chilean also revealed that striker Sergio Aguero is in contention for City's opening game against Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
The Argentinean international has had his pre-season preparations interrupted with a knee problem but the manager has said he will be fit to play.
"He is fine, no problem. He has worked with us normally for the last 10 days so he is not a problem."
Meanwhile during a routine press-conference to preview the game, the 59-year-old confirmed that winger Scott Sinclair would be able to leave the club on loan this year.
The 24-year-old made his move to the then-Premier League champions from Swansea for £6.2million but has failed to make a major impact.
Fellow Premier League clubs West Brom, West Ham and Crystal Palace are all reported to be linked with the Englishman.
"We will see what happens with him. If he wants to go out on loan to play more, we will try to give him that," said Pellegrini.
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