By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Sergio Aguero has been pencilled in to play for an hour for Manchester City in Monday night’s Premier League showdown against Arsenal.

Manuel Pellegrini is ready to start with his star striker even though the Argentine has missed the club’s last four matches and figured in just three of their last 14.

Barring a late change of plan from the City manager, Aguero is set to play for no more than 60 minutes at Emirates Stadium.

Pellegrini would prefer to start with Aguero and then replace him with Wilfried Bony, who is regarded as the back-up to the undisputed number one forward at the club.

As reported by Football Insider, Aguero returned to training last Tuesday and the club are hopeful he is now fully recovered from the heel injury that has sidelined him for the last four matches.

“Kun [Aguero] is working with the squad without problems,” said Pellegrini at his pre-match media briefing last Friday. “We’ll asses him to see if he’s 100 per cent to start the game but I think he’ll be in the squad on Monday.”

Manager Pellegrini has always insisted that the injury, sustained in City’s 3-1 win over Southampton last month, was a minor one but that has not proved to be the case.

Injury boost: Aguero is set to play against Arsenal on Monday night

Injury boost: Aguero is set to play against Arsenal on Monday night

Aguero has been a regular absentee for City this season. The striker, who suffered a hamstring injury playing for Argentina in October, has missed 11 of the club’s last 14 games in all competitions.

Last season’s 26-goal Golden Boot winner remains their joint-top scorer with nine goals in all competitions this season – equal with Kevin de Bruyne.