Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to return to first-team action in under a month after suffering a knee injury on Sunday.
The Argentine went down clutching his knee after just 13 minutes of the Premier League champions’ clash with Southampton and was subsequently stretchered from the pitch.
But a scan has cleared him of any major damage, and City are confident that the 24-year-old will be up for selection for his side’s visit to Stoke City on September 15.
“I don’t think Sergio will be out for long and we are hoping he will be back after the international break which is obviously fantastic news for him and for us,” City manager Roberto Mancini told the club’s website.
“We were very worried a couple of days ago because we feared he could be out for six months or maybe even more which would have been very bad news.”
Aguero joined City in 2011 and went on to enjoy an impressive debut season, scoring 23 Premier League goals in 34 games.
His most vital contribution came in the dying seconds of the last game of the campaign against QPR, as his winning goal secured City’s first top-flight title since 1968.