Sergio Aguero believes he could be back for Manchester City within a month.
Pep Guardiola said last Friday that he expects to be without City’s all-time leading scorer for up to a further two months following knee surgery in June.
But Aguero is understood to be confident of being available again after the international break next month, barring any unforeseen setbacks.
Aguero has yet to train with City’s first team squad but he hopes to be back doing some work with the group soon.
City’s first game after the international break is at home to Arsenal on Oct. 17 and Aguero is thought to be targeting that or the West Ham match a week later for his comeback.
Aguero’s prolonged absence has been an untimely blow for Guardiola and the striker was sorely missed last month when City crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for the third successive season.
Historically, Aguero has always taken some time to get back up to speed after lengthy lay-offs, which Guardiola pointed at when suggesting it could be as long as two months before the 32-year-old was going again.
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But Aguero expects to be back well before then as he bids to make up for lost time. The Argentine has entered the final year of his contract with City and it remains to be seen if he opts to stay for another season beyond that.
Aguero’s absence is just one of a number of headaches Guardiola has had to contend with going into this season.