Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta expects to be fit for fourth round FA Cup tie against Stoke on Saturday.
â€śI took a kick on the top of my foot which caused me a lot of pain afterwards and thatâ€™s the reason it was better that I came off,â€ť Zabaleta told the clubâ€™s official website.
â€śThankfully, 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.
â€śI did some bike work on Monday morning and on Tuesday I will try some running so Iâ€™m sure I will be available for the game against Stoke.â€ť
Zabaleta was given a standing ovation as he left the pitch and was quick to acknowledge the support of the fans.
â€śIt was a brilliant ovation as I came off from a fantastic set of fans,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™d like to thank them for that and say that it means so much that people recognise and appreciate that youâ€™re giving 100% for the Club and thatâ€™s what I will always do for City,â€ť he added.