Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that Robinho has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury.
The Brazil international has missed City’s last seven games with a stress fracture, but was expected to return for the Carling Cup clash with Scunthorpe next week.
However, Hughes admitted that the damaged area had not healed as quickly as they thought.
“He has had a setback and the likelihood is that it will be nearer to 10 to 14 days,” he told Sky Sports News.
“The area where the stress fracture is hasn’t healed as quickly as we first anticipated. He could probably join in with the group, but the fear is if he got a direct bang where the stress fracture is then there is a chance he may re-break the leg.
“So we don’t want to put him in those circumstances, it would be crazy, so we are going to stay on the side of safety.
“We have got options and it is important that we don’t put him at risk.”
Hughes also dismissed the recent speculation over Robinho’s future, stating that the forward was not leaving Eastlands.
“It doesn’t really surprise me because I knew that anyway, it’s a non-story from our point of view,” Hughes added.
“Nothing changes with respect to Robi. He won’t be leaving us so that’s the top and bottom for us.”