Manchester City's most pressing injury concern at the moment is Samir Nasri, who was sidelined for up to three months during the club's recent triumph over Newcastle United after suffering a medial ligament problem in his knee.
In Final Third
The French attacker had featured in every single Premier League match to date, returning impressive statistics that are almost directly comparable to the club's greatest midfield creator - David Silva.
While Manuel Pellegrini may well have covertly cursed the 26-year-old's absence, he will no doubt be buoyed by the number of players swiftly returning from the physio room.
Key striker Sergio Aguero, who had returned 13 goals, four assists and 25 chances from 15 matches (whilst registering a 61% shooting accuracy), could well be fit for the FA Cup third round replay this evening, Wednesday, versus Blackburn Rovers.
While he may only receive limited pitch-time, he could be fully fit for the significant Premier League encounters with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium each side of the end of the month.
Other stars who could return this weekend, for the clash against Cardiff City at home, include Silva (recovering from a knock) and Yaya Toure (from a back complaint).
Should Aguero need to be withdrawn early in any of the club's upcoming matches, he could be replaced by Stevan Jovetic, who was used only sporadically up to October but has since been plagued by a series of issues including a calf injury, illness and, most recently, a hamstring problem.
'Next week [Jovetic] and Jack Rodwell will be fit,' confirmed Pellegrini, as quoted by Sky Sports.
While Jovetic has made just three appearances in the division to date, he has an exceptionally high passing accuracy - 88% - is effective with the ball in the final third (84% accurate), recovers the ball well and hits the target 40% of the time he shoots.
City play Spurs on January 29 then Chelsea on February 3.
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