Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed David Silva could be sidelined for up to a month after picking up a calf injury.
The Spaniard has been in brilliant form this season and his absence will be a major blow to the Sky Blues, though the upcoming international break means he won't miss as many games as he might have done.
"Obviously we have another day before we make any decisions but David Silva, Richard Wright, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany will miss the Sunderland game," said Pellegrini.
"Fernandinho and Matija Nastasic have slight problems but he could possibly be fit for Sunday."
"As I say we have some more time but we will have to wait and see. Silva has a problem with his calf so he could miss three or four weeks."
Pellegrini added he hopes Vincent Kompany could possibly return after the international break.
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