Manchester City's latest stop on the road to a top-three finish in the Premier League is Sunday at St. Mary's Stadium when the Citizens face Southampton, who are still looking to book a ticket to European competition next season.
With eyes on the Champions League semifinal second leg against Real Madrid next Tuesday, Manuel Pellegrini will certainly treat his minute-heavy players very carefully, and a rotation is likely to come. Unfortunately, two key players on the squad will be able to face Saints: David Silva, who suffered a hamstring injury against Real Madrid, is out for at least two weeks, and unless the Citizens reach the Champions League Final, the Spaniard's season is over.
Another absence for Sunday is Yaya Touré, who picked up a muscle injury against Stoke City last week. He started training again to try and be fit to play at Santiago Bernabéu, but is not healthy enough to play against Southampton.
But there is good news for the Chilean manager: Samir Nasri, who missed the last three games because of injury, has been medically cleared and fit to face Saints. The Frenchman is not registered to play in the European Cup, so we should expect him to feature at St. Mary's, likely for 90 minutes.