Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta hopes to be fit for FA Cup clash with Stoke

Pablo Zabaleta was injured against Fulham. Photo: PA

Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta expects to overcome a foot injury to feature in next weekend's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Stoke.

The Argentinian gave manager Roberto Mancini a scare when he limped off after 64 minutes in City's Barclays Premier League win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The 28-year-old had collided with defender Brede Hangeland moments earlier and was unable to run off the knock.

City's other senior right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon are currently both out with knee problems but Zabaleta does not think he will be joining them on the sidelines.

Zabaleta told the club's website, www.mcfc.co.uk: "I took a kick on the top of my foot which caused me a lot of pain afterwards and that's the reason it was better that I came off.

"Thankfully, the scan showed there was no serious damage. I should be fine for Saturday but it will be a couple of days before it is 100% again.

"I did some bike work on Monday morning and on Tuesday I will try some running so I'm sure I will be available for the game against Stoke."

Zabaleta has been one of City's most influential players this season having enjoyed a prolonged run in the side.

His efforts were acknowledged by fans when he received a big hand as he left the field against Fulham.

He said: "It was a brilliant ovation as I came off from a fantastic set of fans.

"I'd like to thank them for that and say that it means so much that people recognise and appreciate that you're giving 100% for the club and that's what I will always do for City