Manchester City's top scorer Sergio Aguero does not intend to take short cuts in his recovery from injury.
Aguero, who has scored 26 goals for Barclays Premier League title-chasing City this term, has been out since suffering a hamstring injury in the Champions League loss at Barcelona on March 12.
It is his third setback of an otherwise outstanding season following previous calf and hamstring problems.
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini hinted last week that Aguero could be fit to face Southampton in the Premier League this Saturday but the player himself - also crucial to Argentina's World Cup campaign - is cautious.
The 25-year-old told DirecTV: "With this recovery I am trying to do my best to be able to play again, but I cannot do it in a hurry.
"I do think to myself if something happens now, I will lose the rest of the Premier League season and the World Cup."