Manchester City playmaker David Silva is set to miss up to four weeks with a calf injury sustained in midweek.
David Silva is a doubt for Manchester City's trip to Sunderland after picking up what his manager called a "small problem" against CSKA Moscow.
David Silva could play his first league game since August against Everton after returning from injury in midweek.
Manchester City are set to be boosted by the return of David Silva, who could feature against Bayern Munich in their next UEFA Champions League outing.
Manchester City have several players ruled out by boss Manuel Pellegrini for the Sky Blue's visit to Stoke City this weekend, most notably attacking midfielder David Silva.
David Silva picked up what is being reported as a "slight muscle injury" in training, causing him to drop out of contention for Spain's match against Chile on Tuesday.
Sevilla winger Jesus Navas has moved closer to joining Manuel Pellegrini in the Premier League after responding to questions about his future by saying: "Manchester City is a team I like very much".
Spain midfielder Isco has suggested a move to Manchester City is possible after he spoke of his desire to follow his "football father" Manuel Pellegrini out of Malaga.