He’s not ruling out the possibility of replacing Sergio Aguero at Manchester City – but Kristian Dennis is just happy to be back in St Mirren colours.

While realistically the chance of running out for boyhood heroes Manchester City could be beyond him, Dennis is grateful to be back playing for St Mirren after a horror injury. Manager Jim Goodwin had ruled him out for the season after an Achilles tear but he remarkably returned last weekend against Hamilton.

Maybe not a Manchester City target, but a brilliant asset for St Mirren.

Maybe not a Manchester City target, but a brilliant asset for St Mirren. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a triumphant Buddies return too, netting a lovely curling effort, Dennis thrilled to be back: “Stranger things have happened than me replacing Aguero. It’s unlikely but you never know! If you had said to me seven weeks at the start I would have snapped your hand off so I am just buzzing to be back.

“It was a 7cm tear down the side of my Achilles so it was pretty painful. Because it was down the side, they just opened it up and took the damaged bit away, so that made the recovery a lot easier. The surgeon said six to 12 weeks and it was seven weeks, two days for my first game back so we were buzzing with that.

“I went for a scan and Kev (physio Kevin Bain) rang me and said ‘good news, really’. I said ‘good news, a 7cm tear’? He said it could have been so much worse. I wasn’t expecting to be involved at the weekend but I was eager to be involved and luckily I contributed.

“I just need to get in the team and get fully fit again. I always back myself in front of goal and I probably won’t ever stop doing that. If I get a chance, I am confident I will take it.”

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