Manchester City have been hit with the news Carlos Tevez will be out of action for two to three weeks.
The Argentina striker suffered a knee injury in World Cup qualifying defeat by Brazil and had been expected to miss City’s home game with Arsenal on Saturday.
But it has now been confirmed that the ex-Manchester United man is almost certain to miss next week’s Manchester derby.
“The Argentine medical people said it would be two or three weeks,” City boss Mark Hughes said.
“We think it might be less than that but he is a doubt for the derby next week.
“However, we will do everything in our power to get him fit because, for obvious reasons, he would love to play in that match.”
City’s Brazilian playmaker Robinho was another to pick up an injury on international duty and is a major for the game against Arsenal.
“He had a little bit of swelling on the ankle,” Hughes added.
“We do not think there is a significant injury there but it is best to check to make sure there is no stress fracture.
“Once we get the results we can decide whether he plays (on Saturday) or not.”