Manchester City will be missing talismanic midfielder Yaya Toure for up to two weeks due to a groin injury.

The Ivory Coast star limped out of Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Liverpool 19 minutes in - shortly after shooting off-target and appearing to tweak a muscle.

Toure, 30, was initially all but ruled out of playing again this season, so the news will come as a boost to City as they attempt to overhaul Liverpool at the business end of the Premier League campaign.

The Manchester City Twitter feed quoted manager Manuel Pellegrini as saying of Toure: "Yaya has a muscle injury and we'll see how it is. Maybe it's not as bad as we thought at the beginning but he needs at least ten days or two weeks to recover."

Better news for the Chilean comes in the forms of captain Vincent Kompany and star striker Sergio Aguero, who both came through the game at Anfield with no adverse reaction to recent injuries.