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Zabaleta hopeful of facing Stoke

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Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta expects to overcome a foot injury to feature in next weekend's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Stoke.

The Argentinian gave manager Roberto Mancini a scare when he limped off after 64 minutes in City's Barclays Premier League win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The 28-year-old had collided with defender Brede Hangeland moments earlier and was unable to run off the knock.

City's other senior right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon are currently both out with knee problems and Zabaleta told the club's website, www.mcfc.co.uk: "I took a kick on the top of my foot which caused me a lot of pain afterwards and that's the reason it was better that I came off."

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Stoke City
Fulham
Football
Manchester City
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Brede Hangeland
Micah Richards
FA Cup
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