Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho could be in line for a recall by coach Pep Guardiola for Saturday's FA Cup game against Huddersfield Town reports across England suggest.
This renewed optimism is coming on the heels of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus breaking a metatarsal in last Monday night's win over AFC Bournemouth,
The 20-year-old Nigerian has not been involved in a matchday squad for the Blues since the 4-0 defeat at Everton, after which he found himself down the pecking order with the arrival of Jesus.READ ALSO: Guardiola should play Iheanacho or let him go, says Rohr
While a walk straight into the starting XI may not be the case, Iheanacho is expected to at least get a mention in the matchday squad and may now come in from the bench in the FA Cup Fifth Round clash.
The Spaniard will be aware he has a number of players, including captain Vincent Kompany and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who may be short of match action while the likes of Nolito, Fernando, Jesus Navas and Fabian Delph could also be considered.
Though Guardiola also has a Champions League last 16 first leg against Monaco just three days later; wholesale changes are still not expected in West Yorkshire.
The Cityzens boss has played strong teams in the FA Cup so far - David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure all starting against Crystal Palace and West Ham United in the last two rounds.