Roberto Mancini reveals that his captain could be back in action against the Potters at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday having been ruled out for two weeks with a calf injury.
The Belgian defender has missed City's last four matches with a calf injury he picked up in the first leg of the Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon.
Fellow center back Joleon Lescott, however, is unlikely to return due to a groin problem.
"Joleon I don't think [will play against Stoke] but for Vinnie maybe he has some chance," Mancini told reporters.
Mancini admitted after the Chelsea victory that City had not been at its best recent weeks but hoped the dramatic win over the Blues could trigger an improvement in the team's form.
"I don't think that we played well in the last three or four weeks," Mancini conceded. "I think at times we have played fantastic football but in the last month maybe it has been so-so. I think that after tonight maybe something can change."
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