Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini had hoped to have his skipper back from a calf injury much sooner.

But after seeing a specialist, City have had their worst fears confirmed that he won't be back in action until the start of March at the very earliest.

Pellegrini said: "Vincent is far away from comeback as he needs at least three weeks more to recover from his muscle injury.

"After that it is not only to be fit from his injury he must be 100 per cent fit to play a game."