Manchester City will be without Samir Nasri when Arsenal visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as manager Manuel Pellegrini confirms he will be out for around three weeks with a calf injury.
The French midfielder, 27, will not face his former club because of the injury he picked up during training this week.
“We have had some problems during the week with Samir,” Pellegrini said in his pre-game press conference on Friday.
“I think he will be out for three weeks but to come back before then will be very difficult.”
Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko faces a late fitness test on a calf injury but the champions’ leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero will be vying for his first start after making a substitute appearance against Everton on Saturday.
“Sergio is working with the squad every day, so he doesn’t have any problem. We will see if he starts, but at the moment he is 100 per cent fit,” Pellegrini said.
Skipper Vincent Kompany, who returned to the bench for the draw at Goodison Park following a hamstring injury, is also “100 per cent fit,” according to the Chilean.