Mark Hughes has admitted it may take Emmanuel Adebayor a couple of games to hit top form again for Manchester City.
The £25million striker is set to face Aston Villa on Monday after completing a three-match ban and then having a two-match suspension held over until the end of 2010 for his controversial goal celebration against former club Arsenal.
Having scored in each of City's four league games immediately prior to picking up his suspension for an ill-judged attack on Robin van Persie, Adebayor did look unstoppable.
But Hughes knows it would be asking a lot of the Togo star to reach that standard again so quickly.
"His form before this happened was outstanding," said Hughes. "We want him to come back at the same level.
"It may take him a couple of games to reach it. We hope not. But only time will tell."