Manchester City are reportedly set to be handed a massive boost as Sergio Aguero is set to return from injury absence earlier than expected.

According to the Mirror, the Argentinian striker, who has missed the last three weeks with a knee ligament injury has stepped up his recovery and is set to make a comeback two weeks earlier than scheduled.

It was believed that Aguero will miss six to eight weeks with a knee injury, but the report claims that the striker, who was expected to return only at the end of January could return for the clash against Everton on 10 January.

"Another day of recovery work. Getting better by the hour! Preparing for Xmas now. Happy holidays, everyone!" Aguero tweeted.

This will be music to the ears of City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who was hoping to have his top scorer back for the crucial trip to Stamford Bridge on 31 January.

Aguero has been the in-form player for the Etihad Stadium outfit and is the Premier League's top scorer with 19 goals in all competitions.

The Chilean manager will be wary of rushing back the striker too soon, only to see him have a relapse and miss more of the season. The manager cannot take that risk at this moment as he is currently without all three of his recognised strikers.

Edin Dzeko has an ankle injury and is only expected back in mid-January and Steven Jovetic has a recurring hamstring injury which has kept him out of recent games.

Meanwhile, City are also missing inspirational skipper Vincent Kompany, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.

But the report claims that, the Belgian international is on the mend and could return to action for the New Years day clash against Sunderland.