Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero will miss the title favourites' crunch clash with Aston Villa on Wednesday, manager Manuel Pellegrini has said.
Argentina international Aguero, who has been plagued by injuries in the second half of the season, limped out of Saturday's victory at Everton with a groin problem.
City can move two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with just one game to play if they beat Villa at the Etihad Stadium.
Pellegrini said: "He couldn't recover 100 per cent from his groin problem, so he is not in the squad list."
Aguero, who scored his 28th goal of the campaign before leaving the field in the 3-2 win at Goodison Park, has missed 18 of City's last 31 games with various leg muscle injuries.
The 25-year-old, however, has not yet been ruled out of Sunday's season finale at home to West Ham.
Pellegrini said: "Maybe he can have some chances, we will see the way he improves during the week.
"It was not 100 per cent sure if he was completely fit for tomorrow, that is why I didn't want to have a risk with him, but we will see during the week if he can play on Sunday."