Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says striker Sergio Aguero will probably be fit to face Arsenal at the Emirates.
The 27-year-old will undergo a late fitness test on Monday to understand if will be part of the squad to face Arsene Wenger's men.
The Citizens are third in the table, one point behind the Gunners.
"Pablo Zabaleta continues without working - I hope next week he'll start again," Pellegrini told reporters.
"Vincent Kompany, Fernando and [Samir] Nasri are also out.
"Kun [Sergio Aguero] is working with the squad without problems. We'll asses him to see if he's 100% to start the game but I think he'll be in the squad on Monday.
"Vincent is improving. I hope next week he'll start working with the squad.
"It's [the Arsenal game is] not a decisive game as after this we have to play 21 games more. It's important to try to be the best team from the first round, to play against a team with one point more. It's a game of six points, to win three and to take three off a rival.
"We must consider Leicester – they are still top of the table. United are just a few points behind us. Tottenham can be involved, so can Liverpool and Crystal Palace. It's impossible just to think there are two teams involved in the title.
"We have to play five of the next six away. It's a good target to return to clean sheets and to advance in positions. Playing away is always a bit more difficult."