Barcelona Sergio Aguero is in line to potentially make his long-awaited debut for the club against Valencia after the October international break.
Aguero’s arrival at Camp Nou as a free agent following his departure from Manchester City was announced way back in May. That deal became official at the start of July, only for a calf injury to keep the veteran striker out of action in the opening weeks of the season.
It has been frustrating for Barça coach Ronald Koeman, who has seen Martin Braithwaite fall victim to injury on top of losing Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain in disastrous circumstances in the summer.
But Aguero’s return to fitness over the coming weeks is a timely boost.
SPORT reports that that medical staff are targeting 17 October for Aguero to be available. Barça are due to host Valencia at Camp Nou, with the Argentine to permanently join the squad for full normal training during the international break.
Aguero will likely use that time to get up to full speed without the pressure of playing matches.
Aguero, now 33, hasn’t played a club game since May when he was a late substitute for Manchester City in the Champions League final. A combination of illness, injuries and falling out of favour limited him to only eight starts in all competitions last season.
Since leaving City he did at least appear in four of Argentina’s games at the Copa America, although he played no part in either the semi-final or final.