Manchester City have received a fitness boost with the news that Yaya Toure will not miss the remainder of the season through injury.
The Ivorian limped off after just 19 minutes during City's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, prompting fears that his season had come to a premature end during the title run-in.
But manager Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful Toure, who has struck 22 goals in his hugely influential campaign, will be fit to return for his side's final three games of the season against Everton, Aston Villa and West Ham United.
"Yaya has a muscle injury. We will see with the doctor how many days (he is out for). Maybe it is not so bad as we thought at the beginning but I think he needs at least 10 days or two weeks to recover," Pellegrini told a press conference.
The former Barcelona midfielder will be absent from City's upcoming games against Sunderland, West Brom and Crystal Palace, but could be in line to return against Roberto Martinez's side on 3 May.
Pellegrini also confirmed that both Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero had come through the loss on Merseyside unscathed. City skipper Kompany was a doubt for Sunday's game after suffering a knock in a training session the day before while top scorer Aguero made his return after a five match absence in the second half.
"Vincent is okay. He is fit. He is in the squad list. Sergio is in the squad list also. We will see tomorrow the 11 starters."
City have two games in hand on league leaders Liverpool and second placed Chelsea but their defeat at Anfield leaves them seven points off the top.
"We still have six games more and we will fight for the title," Pellegrini added. "The important thing is that we win our games, we can do nothing about the other teams."