Sergio Aguero is facing a race to be fit for this summer's World Cup finals in Russia, with the striker recently going under the knife after picking up a knee injury in Manchester City's loss to crosstown rivals Manchester United two weeks ago.
Argentina's doctor Homero D'Agostino has issued an update on the City striker's fitness, telling Radio 10 that the 29-year-old frontman will not arrive in Russia fully fit having completed an arthroscope:
That a player has undergone an arthroscope with 60 days to go before the World Cup is worrying. The recovery process will require at least five weeks. When one has old injuries, the recovery process is not as fast as one would like it to be. It's never going to be less than three or four weeks, or even more.
I imagine that he will not arrive 100 percent fit with the limited time that is left before the World Cup. The anatomy is the anatomy. The injury is what it is. He can try but I don't think he will arrive 100 percent.
Aguero's father Leonel del Castillo was more optimistic on his son's chances of featuring for his country, revealing to Radio La Red that Aguero told him that he will be back training in under three weeks:
I spoke to Sergio and he is well. He had the surgery in order to arrive in good shape at the World Cup without problems. He is in good spirits. He got hurt during training [on March 11] and then aggravated the injury in the Manchester derby.
He will remain two or three days in the clinic and then he will spend a further few days recovering. He will return to Manchester in eight or nine days. Sergio told me that he will be training in 20 days. Perhaps he could play the penultimate or the last game [for City] but I don't know.
Should Aguero fail to make the squad for Russia Argentina have a wealth of attacking options waiting in the wings, with Paola Dybala and Mauro Icardi ready to take the City striker's place, should he fail to recover in time.