After defeat to Manchester United last night, Mancini admitted talks are ongoing for Robinho to leave City for either Santos or Sao Paulo on loan but it was by no means certain the Brazilian will be heading out of the Premier League despite his confidence a deal will be struck.
"Robinho spoke with me yesterday," said the Italian.
"It is possible that he will go to play for Santos or another team, so we preferred not to risk him.
"But that is the only reason he was not involved. If he is still here at the end of the transfer window, he can play for us."