Manuel Pellegrini offered up a dubious explanation for the absence of midfielder Samir Nasri from the team sheet on Sunday.
Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and David Silva could all return this weekend when City entertain Stoke at the Etihad.
Manuel Pellegrini has been boosted by the news that Samir Nasri and Kevin de Bruyne could be back amongst the City ranks in time for Saturdays’ trip to the Vitality.
Samir Nasri could give Manchester City a late-season boost if he is able to meet his hopes of returning from a serious thigh injury by the end of March.
Manchester City may see the return of David Silva this week, but the club will replace him on the injury list with Samir Nasri after the French international said he will miss the next three months.
Samir Nasri has emerged as an early doubt for the Champions League on Wednesday after suffering another hamstring problem during the win over AFC Bournemouth.
Samir Nasri is in contention to return for Manchester City after being declared fit for Week 9.
Samir Nasri will miss the visit of Newcastle tomorrow.
Samir Nasri made a statement by scoring the only goal of the match in the 86th minute as Manchester City defeated Melbourne, 0-1.
Samir Nasri has been out in recent weeks but he should be available for City's Sunday match at White Hart Lane.
Samir Nasri has started showing better form since returning from injury in Week 24.
Manchester City will be at full strength for the clash with Hull as Samir Nasri returns to the squad.
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Samir Nasri will be sidelined for around a month following the news that the French midfielder will undergo surgery to cure a niggling groin problem.
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini confirmed Samir Nasri will be one of five players expected to miss the Capital One clash with Sheffield Wednesday this week because of injury.