Premier League: Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic set for eagerly-anticipated return

Stevan Jovetic: Set to return for Manchester City next week

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Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic is set to make a long-awaited return to first team action next week, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Montenegro international has only made five appearances since his £22 million switch from Fiorentina in the summer of 2013.

Jovetic has only one Premier League start to his name and has not featured since October, leading to speculation that the 24-year-old is suffering from homesickness.

However, speaking ahead of Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Blackburn Rovers at the Etihad Stadium, Pellegrini confirmed both Jovetic and midfielder Jack Rodwell should return to training in the coming days.

When asked whether Jovetic would get a run in the cup clash, Pellegrini said: "Not this week. But next week him and Jack Rodwell will be fit."

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Pellegrini has remained staunch in defence of Jovetic when suggestions of a move have been mooted, claiming the player has been struggling with injuries.

Jovetic's return will add further potency to an already formidable strike force with Sergio Aguero back fit after a calf injury; while in his absence Edin Dzeko has partnered Alvaro Negredo as free-scoring City netted 22 goals in eight matches.

Rodwell, meanwhile, has made just one Premier League start, and two substitute appearances, in the sky blue of City since switching from Everton in 2012.