Manchester City will be without injured leading scorer Sergio Aguero as they try to regain the advantage in the Premier League title race against struggling Cardiff City on Wednesday.
A thigh injury means the Premier League’s leading marksman – he has 19 goals to his name – will sit it out, with Brazil star Gabriel Jesus taking his place.
Victory over a side they thrashed 5-0 in the away fixture earlier this season would see City leapfrog Liverpool to lead the title race by a point, with both having played the same number of games.
City manager Pep Guardiola admitted Aguero faces a race to be fit for the FA Cup semi-final with Brighton on Saturday, and the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final away to Tottenham next Tuesday.
“Tomorrow (Wednesday), Sergio is not able to play,” said Guardiola. “He didn’t train the last two days. “Hopefully he can on Saturday or next Tuesday. We will see his evolution in the next few days.”