Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho has said he is up to the task if he is beckoned upon by Manager Manuel Pellegrini to play a part for Manchester City in the absence of the injured duo of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
Iheanacho 19, insists that City have a strong enough squad to maintain title challenge without injured stars and member of the team will need to double up to fill the vacuum.
The 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup MVP burst onto the limelight with his last minute winner against Crystal Palace last month and he says it is up to the rest of the squad to step up in the absence of the injured stars.
“Everyone is part of the team but that’s why we have a complete squad,” Iheanacho was quoted as saying on Manchester Evening News.
“Those players who aren’t in the team must now work hard and make sure that we get the three points in every game that we play.
“It’s a big blow to have those players missing, but we don’t have to relent.
“We don’t have to think about them being injured and what we’re going to do.
“We are here to work together so we must come in, get the games, do very well and make them proud.”
Wilfried Bony is likely to deputise for Aguero, with the £25m striker aiming to finally kick start his City career following his move from Swansea in January.
But Iheanacho – one of the stars of City’s academy – could get his chance as well.