Vincent Kompany could make his City return against Chelsea on Sunday.
Vincent Kompany will undergo a fitness test on Saturday morning to check on his injured calf.
And Manchester City's defensive skipper will go straight back into the starting line-up for Sunday's home clash against Chelsea should he come through it.
City are 1.95 to take all three points on Sunday, Chelsea can be backed at 4.00 and the draw is 3.75.
The Belgian international has been missing for the last month, a run which has also coincided with Roberto Mancini's team slipping 12 points off the title pace.
City could be even further off it, should leaders Manchester United win at Queens Park Rangers later today and they fail to take a maximum haul of their own against Rafa Benitez's outfit.
Mancini is willing to take the risk on Kompany - even if he is short of full match fitness - despite his calf strain causing him problems all season.
Garerh Barry is also a doubt with an ankle problem and James Milner could come in to the City engine room.
Mancini insists: "When we lost Vinny (Kompany), it has been difficult. We will see. It has taken longer than we thought. The calf is a strong injury because it is hard to recover from this."
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