Sergio Aguero could return after break

August 22, 2012
By ESPN.com news services

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City says forward Sergio Aguero could return from a knee injury within a month after fears he could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Argentinian fell awkwardly after a challenge by Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne in Sunday's Premier League opener and was carried off.

City manager Roberto Mancini said on Wednesday: "We feared he could be out for six months or maybe even more, which would have been very bad news." Mancini added, "We are hoping he will be back after the international break."

That means Aguero could be available for the Sept. 15 match against Stoke.

Defending champion City beat Southampton 3-2 on Sunday. There also was positive news on Gareth Barry and Micah Richards.

"Gareth will also be ready after the international break," Mancini added. "He hasn't played any games for almost four months and he needs to build his fitness up, but he is training again and I don't see him being out for any longer than one month and hopefully, maybe just a couple of weeks.

"Micah's injury is more serious and he could be out a little longer, but having said that, with rest and the right treatment, we are hopeful he could be ready in about one month, which again would be great news."

Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.