Roberto Mancini has got his wish with striker Sergio Aguero to return to Manchester without kicking a ball for Argentina.
Aguero, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since the opening day of the season, risked the wrath of his club boss after he joined up with his international team-mates for the World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru.
He did not travel with the squad to Cordoba for their 3-1 win over Paraguay on Friday, but was confident he would be fit to play in Lima on Tuesday.
However, Aguero has failed to shake off the injury in time and will now fly back to the UK from Buenos Aires to continue rehabilitation on his knee with the Manchester City medical staff.
"It seems I won't be able to make it to the Peru match - but the effort was still worth it," Aguero confirmed on his Twitter page. "I'll continue the recovery work at Manchester.
"Rooting for to the guys for the Peru match, I hope I can join them next time. Returning to @MCFC now to ready for the upcoming challenge."