The Manchester City star has played only 90 mins this season, in the second leg agaisnt Steaua Bucharest, while failing to make it to the 18 member match-day squad even once in the Premier League since Pep Guardiola took-over as the head-coach of the club.
While most clubs are going to miss some player or the other during the African Cup of Nations, the tournament will not affect the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
Manchester City registered the first win of the Guardiola era by defeating Sunderland by two goals to one thanks to an own goal from Black Cats substitute Paddy McNair.
After the signing of Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly at Manchester United, The Hard Tackle looks at 5 Ivorians who have graced the Premier League and made a long-lasting impact.
Two of Bundesliga's finest midfielders recently made their move to England; Granit Xhaka made the transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal, while Ilkay Gundogan joined Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, ending a successful spell at Borussia Dortmund.
Pep Guardiola has made Borrusia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan his first signing at Manchester City.
Manchester City take on Arsenal in the Premier League as the race for fourth place reaches its final stretch. Neither team would have wanted to be in this position at this stage of the season but there is still a distinct possibility that one of these teams could miss out on that coveted fourth spot.
Real Madrid will travel to Manchester for their Champions League semi-final first leg with a full squad, as manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are fit to play.
Manchester City will be without the services of midfielder Yaya Toure when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday.
Today's transfer news revolves around two big Premier League players looking to leave their clubs, while Arsenal have reportedly beaten Liverpool to one of their top transfer targets.