Fernandinho could return for Manchester City's Champions League last-16 first leg against Barcelona after the Brazilian took part in opening training at the Etihad Stadium on Monday morning. Fernandinho has been suffering with a muscle injury since the end of January.

If he is available to Manuel Pellegrini it would provide a major boost as the 28-year-old's quick-pressing game suits how the manager wants City to approach the tie with Barcelona.

Of Fernandinho's prospects of featuring, at the weekend Pellegrini said: "Maybe if he worked [on Sunday] in a normal way and Monday he is 100 per cent fit and he does not have any scare about his injury, we will see if he can play."