Pablo Zabaleta has handed Manchester City a huge boost by announcing that he should be fit enough to face Stoke City in the FA Cup this weekend.
The Blues feared the Argentinian defender may have damaged a bone in his foot after he was forced to limp off during the weekend victory over Fulham.
Last season David Silva had a few more goals to his game but it is not a case of us looking at him as a goalscorer.David Platt
Zabaleta had scans on Sunday and results have shown only a swelling. The right-back will rest up for the next 48 hours before returning to training.
Saturday's tie at the Britannia Stadium will bring back memories of the Final between the two sides in 2011, which Roberto Mancini's team won 1-0 to lift the trophy.
But the Premier League champions have found Stoke's home a difficult place to visit in recent seasons, having failed to record a league victory there under Mancini's stewardship.
Manchester City are 1.80 to win the fourth-round clash and are 5.00 to go on and claim the FA Cup for a second time in three seasons.
City will again hope that playmaker David Silva can provide the vital difference after his brace against the Cottagers.
Assistant boss David Platt insists: "For us, so much goes through David and he is very creative. Last season he had a few more goals to his game but it is not a case of us looking at him as a goalscorer.
"We look at him as far more than that - if he adds goals to it, great. He does so much for us both on and off the ball."
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