Manuel Pellegrini has dropped the biggest hint yet he will include hat-trick hero Kelechi Iheanacho in Manchester City's Champions League squad.
The manager is ready to select the 19-year-old after the striker's treble in their 4-0 FA Cup win at Aston Villa on Saturday.
City face Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 next month with Sergio Aguero their only fit striker as Wilfried Bony struggles with a calf problem.
"It's a decision we are going to take this week before the last date. Of course he pushes a lot. We need him because of Bony's injury.
"I see him working every day so I know what he can do. Maybe I received some criticism why we didn't replace (Stevan) Jovetic and (Edin) Dzeko and I answered we had Kelechi.
"We have a young player who is very important for our club. We have good players who are ready to play and you must keep the options. I know we have a player who deserves space in the squad."
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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is likely to be sidelined for around six weeks after damaging his knee and ankle in the Capital One Cup semi-final win over Everton, according to the Belgian's agent.
De Bruyne scored a vital - albeit controversial - goal and set up another after coming off the bench in Wednesday's 3-1 second-leg success at the Etihad Stadium, before being carried of towards the end of the game following an awkward fall.
The 24-year-old appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and then landed on his knee as City closed in on their 4-3 aggregate triumph.
The player's representative Patrick De Koster told Sky Sports News that De Bruyne would likely be out of action for around six weeks.
Kevin is sad. His dream is to always be playing football. He will miss games like the League Cup final and in the Champions League, which are important.
But he knows they (City) are a good team, that the other players will do what they have to do, and maybe win the game for him, and also that (injuries) is what happens in football.
He is sad, of course, but he told me, 'this (happens) in a match, (is something) which can arrive in football, and the only thing I can do is to work hard and to come back'.
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Kevin De Bruyne will be assessed this week after suffering suspected medial ligament damage in Manchester City's Capital One Cup semi-final win over Everton.
The Belgian, who scored a vital - albeit controversial - goal and set up another after coming off the bench in City's 3-1 win in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, was carried off in the closing minutes.
The 24-year-old appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and then landed awkwardly on his knee as City closed in on their 4-3 aggregate success.
Initial medical reports suggest the problem is not related the cruciate ligament but still prompted plenty of concern on the City bench.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "We will see tomorrow. The doctor thinks he has a problem in his medial ligament but it is impossible to know before tomorrow."
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