Roberto Mancini hopes Sergio Aguero will recover from his hamstring injury to figure in Manchester City's next Premier League clash with Arsenal in a fortnight.
The Argentine striker scored but then limped out of the champions' 3-0 win over Stoke but the City boss expects him to return in quick time.
"I don't think it is serious. It is his hamstring for sure but maybe he won't play in the FA Cup. We will try to recover him for Arsenal."
Assistant manager David Platt added: "Sergio won't play at the weekend and is probably doubtful for the trip to Arsenal but we'll know more in 48 hours.
"It's too early to make an accurate assessment but it's a blow for us because he's been playing so well. There are different degrees of hamstring injuries which is why we need to wait to assess the extent of what has happened until Thursday."
The injury to Aguero may be offset by the return of Mario Balotelli who has missed the festive period.
"Mario has been back in training the last few days ...