Man City boosted as Zabaleta targets weekend return

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta expects to be fit for fourth round FA Cup tie against Stoke on Saturday.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta expects to be fit for fourth round FA Cup tie against Stoke on Saturday.

“I took a kick on the top of my foot which caused me a lot of pain afterwards and that’s the reason it was better that I came off,” Zabaleta told the club’s official website.

“Thankfully, the scan showed there was no serious damage. I should be fine for Saturday but it will be a couple of days before it is 100% again.

“I did some bike work on Monday morning and on Tuesday I will try some running so I’m sure I will be available for the game against Stoke.”

Zabaleta was given a standing ovation as he left the pitch and was quick to acknowledge the support of the fans.

“It was a brilliant ovation as I came off from a fantastic set of fans,” he said. “I’d like to thank them for that and say that it means so much that people recognise and appreciate that you’re giving 100% for the Club and that’s what I will always do for City,” he added.

 

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