Vincent Kompany could return for the final day clash against Southampton after injuring his thigh against Manchester United, according the latest reports.
Kompany damaged his thigh in a challenge on Daley Blind towards the end of the first half of the 4-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The report in the Telegraph indicates that Kompany could be out for as long as four weeks but the club will wait until he has a scan before that timescale is confirmed.
Though the Belgian hasn't been in the best of form in recent months, it would be a bitter blow to Manuel Pellegrini and his side - who have seemingly got themselves involved in a scrap to ensure they are in the Champions League next season.
After their humbling defeat at the hands of their rivals, City now sit just four points ahead of Liverpool in the final Champions League place with six games remaining.
Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala are likely to line up alongside each other in the coming weeks in the skipper's absence, with the latter of the two failing to have the desired impact so far this season after his £32 million move from Porto last summer.
Kompany could be back for the last day of the season when they face Southampton at the Etihad Stadium, which could end up being crucial in both side's seasons, with the Saints still in with a chance of the top four.
With their remaining fixtures, Kompany could end up missing vital away fixtures against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City in the closing stages of the campaign, and is likely to miss the home game against West Ham United