Manchester City expects to be without midfielder Yaya Toure for about two weeks.
The Ivory Coast international, who has scored 22 goals this season, pulled up with what appeared a groin problem early on in Sunday’s loss at Liverpool.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking on Tuesday at his news conference ahead of the side’s game against Sunderland on Wednesday night, said: “Maybe it’s not as bad as we thought at the beginning but he needs at least 10 days or two weeks to recover.”
Toure, who has started 31 of City’s 32 games this season, will be sidelined for Sunderland’s visit to the Etihad Stadium as well as potential games against West Brom and Crystal Palace.
But Vincent Kompany will be fit to lead the side against the ‘Black Cats’. Striker, Sergio Aguero, who was a substitute in the 3-2 loss to Liverpool, is in contention for Wednesday.
Kompany was a doubt ahead of the loss to Liverpool after a heavy fall in training but was listed in the starting line-up at Anfield.
“Vincent is fine- he is on the squad list for tomorrow and so is Sergio Aguero,” Peelegrini added. “We’ll see tomorrow who starts.
The Chilean boss said he still believes the club can win the Premier League title.
They are third in the table, seven points behind leaders Liverpool, with two games in hand- including the trip to Merseyside club Everton on 3rd May. Liverpool nonetheless have to host second-placed Chelseaon 27th May.
“We win our two postponed games and we’re a point back. “If you don’t believe we can do it, you can’t believe in anything,” Pellegrini stressed.