Manchester City will face Barcelona on Tuesday night without Sergio Aguero.
City's top scorer - out since last month with a hamstring injury - has lost his fight to be fit for the first leg of his side's Champions League last-16 tie.
But Manuel Pellegrini will have midfielder Fernandinho available at the Etihad Stadium after a three-match absence.
Speaking at his press conference the day before the game, City manager Pellegrini said: "He (Aguero) is not in the squad list. We will see if he can be fit on Saturday, but maybe that is also difficult."
Fernandinho is back in training after recovering from a muscle problem, and Pellegrini said of the Brazilian: "He has a chance. He is in the squad list.
"We will see tomorrow who can start but he has worked without any problem."
City host Barca on Tuesday night, with Stoke visiting the Etihad in the Premier League on Saturday.
Pellegrini's side have failed to win two of their three games since Fernandinho joined Aguero on the sidelines, but go into the Barca game on the back of Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round victory over Chelsea.
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