Manchester City midfielder Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of the UEFA Cup match against his former club Hamburg on Thursday because of a hamstring injury.
Kompany suffered the setback in the defeat by Arsenal at the weekend and has remained at home for treatment.
The Belgium international's absence leaves manager Mark Hughes short of numbers in that department as another former Hamburg star, Nigel De Jong, is cup-tied.
However Martin Petrov (knee) and Stephen Ireland (ankle) both travelled to Germany after injury problems. Petrov made his comeback for the reserves against Newcastle on Monday.