Sergio Aguero will not be fit to in time to feature in the Manchester derby, according to Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
The Argentinian striker has been struggling for fitness since the turn of the year, and was substituted at half-time during City's Champions League defeat against Barcelona earlier this month.
Speaking to the press ahead of Manchester City's weekend tie against Fulham tomorrow, Pellegrini says there is 'no chance' of Aguero recovering in time to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
He said: "We don't know yet (when he'll return), but maybe next week he will start working with the squad.
"I don't think the whole week, maybe at the end of the week he can be with the squad starting training."
When pushed on his availability for the Manchester derby, the Chilean replied: "For Manchester United, no, no chance."
While Manchester United are floundering down in seventh place in the Premier League, a win on Tuesday for Manchester City will put them right in the title mix.
They currently sit six points adrift of leaders Chelsea, but crucially have three games in hand on their rivals.
While Pellegrini is focused on winning the title, he couldn't escape being asked about the summer transfer market, and reports linking Aguero with a big-money switch to Barcelona.
"It is exactly the same as I respond to all the other links during the whole year," he replied when quizzed about the rumours.
"We cannot talk every week about the players that are coming here to Manchester City and the players that are going out.
"He is a player of Manchester City, he is very happy here and the club is very happy with him also."