Pablo Zabaleta is winning his race to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal.
Zabaleta was forced to limp off with injury during Argentina’s 4-2 win over Germany last weekend – ironically after a challenge from Arsenal forward Lucas Podolski – but he is expected to be available for the crucial match with the Gunners.
The champions will be looking to avenge the 3-0 FA Community Shield defeat at Wembley back in August when they travel to the Emirates.
City were without a number of first-team regulars for the season curtain-raiser, but Zabaleta admits the margin of the loss – the biggest under Manuel Pellegrini’s reign – was a reminder that the Gunners will be a particularly dangerous opponent on their own ground.
“It was the first game of the campaign and the squad were not all back from the summer or 100% fit,” he said.
“We are much stronger than we were a month ago and we will continue to improve and get back into our stride as each game goes by.
“That said, Arsenal are a very good team and it is always a hard game at the Emirates.
“They have improved their squad and brought in some great players to strengthen their title bid but we are looking to bounce back after the Stoke defeat and we will go there to win three points.”