Manchester City midfielder James Milner will miss the champions' Premier League clash with Everton at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
The England international limped off with a hamstring injury soon after scoring in the midweek win at Wigan but could return for the eagerly-anticipated derby with Manchester United next week.
Fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) are close but not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) is also still sidelined.
Everton defender Leighton Baines is a major doubt for Saturday's trip to Manchester City but manager David Moyes will wait as long as possible before ruling him out.
If the left-back does not overcome the hamstring problem sustained in the midweek draw against Arsenal then either Sylvain Distin or Bryan Oviedo will fill in.
Midfielder Seamus Coleman and forwards Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe (both hamstring) are unlikely to be fit to return.
Man City: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Nastasic, Kompany, K Toure, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Nasri, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Tevez, Balotelli, Aguero, Dzeko.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Duffy, Oviedo, Barkley, Gueye, Vellios.