SERGIO AGUERO could return to full training next week – ahead of Manchester City visiting second-placed Tottenham on Saturday week.
City's record goalscorer is already back practicing alone after suffering a hamstring injury against West Ham on October 24.
And Etihad boss Pep Guardiola needs more firepower as City languish tenth in the Premier League with just ten goals from seven games.
But just last weekend Manchester United legend Roy Keane accused Aguero, 32, of looking out of shape earlier in the season.
The Argentina striker's latest injury came in his third successive start following a lengthy absence with a knee problem.
And having missed the last four games, he is known for needing time to regain match sharpness.
Keane told Sky Sports: "My issue with Aguero when he came back, he looked overweight.
"God knows what size shorts he was wearing but he did look really heavy.
"Sometimes you can be out injured, come back and hit the ground running.
"This idea that players need two or three months to get back to speed, I was worried when he came back.
"I think he looks really, really heavy."
But Aguero's former City team-mate Micah Richards believes Aguero is picked too soon after injuries – because of his scoring pedigree.
Keane's fellow pundit said: "You know every time it's like 'Oh, where is Aguero? Let's get him back' and you know what it's like.
"Sometimes you're not even fully fit, being rushed back and getting judged on the pitch.
"You know you're not really up to speed, but you've got to get up to speed."
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