Manchester City are set to welcome back Yaya Toure for their trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday, but they will be without the injured David Silva.
The Spain international was stretchered off in Monday’s 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, and City are still waiting to discover the full extent of his ankle injury.
But 22-goal midfielder Toure, who has missed the last two games after suffering a muscle strain in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool, is no longer on manager Manuel Pellegrini’s injury list.
Winger Jesus Navas, who also has an ankle problem, and centre-back Matija Nastasic (knee) are also sidelined for the vital game at Selhurst Park, where City must win to keep their Premier League title hopes alive.
“The injuries we have David Silva, Jesus Navas and Nastasic continues with his injury,” Pellegrini said. “The three players are not fit for this weekend. All the others are fit. David continues with the pain in his ankle but he is working and he is improving.”
Pellegrini welcomed Michel Platini’s announcement that clubs will not be banned from European competitions last season if they are found to have breached financial fair play regulations.
“I felt here inside the club nobody feared we could be suspended for next year,” Pellegrini continued.
The Chilean coach was reluctant to be drawn on Jose Mourinho’s plans to field a weakened Chelsea side against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
“I don’t know what Chelsea or other teams are going to do in the future,” he added. “The only thing we try to do is win our games.”