Sergio Aguero has admitted that he is lucky to be alive and that wearing his seat belt saved his life, during his recent car crash in Amsterdam.
The Manchester City legend sustained a broken rib when the car he was travelling in ploughed into a pillar in the Netherlands' capital city, and was ruled out of the win over Stoke City and the October international break as a result.
Speaking to TyC Sports (via Sky Sports), Aguero explained how he was told that he would be unable to face the Potters after the accident and, upon reflection, was eternally grateful that he did not suffer more severe injuries - or worse - from the crash.
He said: "When I got to the hospital I asked the doctor if I could play for City on the Saturday [against Stoke]. He said, 'I don't believe so'.
"I took a moment to think and realised it's thanks to wearing a seat belt that I'm able to talk about this at all."
The 29-year-old had been on the way back from a concert starring Colombian singer Maluma when the crash occurred, and it had been expected that Aguero would be out of action for around two months.
However, the striker has since returned to City's training base to undergo some light training sessions to prevent his match fitness levels from dropping too much.
Any chance of Aguero taking to the field of play are out of the question for the time being, but manager Pep Guardiola is not short of other international attacking stars to call upon in the Argentine's absence.
Aguero has plundered seven goals in eight games for City so far this season, and is just one goal shy of equalling the club record 177 goal haul currently held by Eric Brooks.