Pep Guardiola has confirmed that captain Vincent Kompany could return from injury against Crystal Palace.
The 30-year-old has been out since November, after picking an injury against Palace, but has returned to training earlier this month.
Guardiola is still to decide if to use Kompany in the FA Cup clash at the Selhurst Park, but has stated he’ll have to use him sooner rather than later.
“He is fit. That is the most important thing. He is training and he feels good,” the City boss said.
“The factor (we have to consider) is that he has not played for a long time and we have to evaluate his condition. He has a lot of experience and I think he will handle (returning) as quick as possible.
“Sooner or later we are going to have to take a risk. In the next games he is going to try and play. I don’t know if it is going to be tomorrow or afterwards.”
Guardiola is expected to rotate his squad again and insists he will only play players he has full confidence in.
“I like to move the team. I like everybody to be involved,” he said.
“The players play more regularly because they give me more confidence than the other ones. If they don’t play they have to win my confidence in them. It’s the same for all of them.”