Suppose $X$ is a CW complex and $M$ is a closed manifold and suppose further that there exists a homotopy equivalence $X \simeq M$. Does there exists an embedding of $M$ into $X$ (i.e. an injective (potentially cellular) map)?
If this setting is to broad, I'm specifically interested in the case, where $M$ is a surface and $X$ is also $2$-dimensional (maybe even restrict it to aspherical surfaces).
Edit: mme provided a counterexample in dimension 3 (homotopy equivalent but not homeomorphic lens spaces), which can probably be generalized to higher dimensions. So only the two-dimensional case remains.