Sergio Aguero left the theatre of Manchester City’s battle with Everton injured and distraught, yet he can still land the Premier League golden boot.
The Argentine phenomenon came off at the Etihad with suspected knee ligament damage and initially it was proposed that he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
However, the Guardian have suggested that, ahead of exploratory scans in the coming days, that he may only be absent from the fold for a month.
If true it would allow him more than enough time to claim top goalscorer honours, based on the phenomenal rate at which he has been scoring his goals this season.
Aguero’s 14 goals this term have come at an average 1.2 per 90 minutes on the park.
This means that if the 26-year-old continues banging them in with the same frequency upon his return he could arrive back in the fray as late March 14 and still hit 26 goals (the average tally of the last decade’s top scorers is 25.8).
Yet Didier Drogba, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez have all taken the gong after notching 29 times or more in the last five campaigns.
As such it’s highly possible that more goals may be needed to secure the golden boot, especially with the Diego Costa averaging within a whisker of a goal a game behind Chelsea’s army of assisters.
Since Alan Shearer equalled Andy Cole’s Premier League record of 34 strikes in 1994/95, a haul of 31 is the highest any marksman has delivered, with Shearer himself, Cristiano Ronaldo and Suarez the only men to do so.
Hearteningly for Aguero’s top-scorer backers, even eclipsing that trio’s benchmark wouldn’t be beyond him if he continues scoring at his current clip and the ‘month-out’ diagnosis proves correct.
The 18 games he would need to hit 32 strikes, a number surely even a fit Costa would struggle to catch, begin on January 10 with a trip to Goodison Park.