City defender's chance to impress scouts
Kolo Toure is set to put himself in the shop window following the injury which will keep Micah Richards out until February.
The England defender has torn his external meniscus which acts as a shock absorber between his knee and thigh bone.
That means that Toure - who has only made two substitute appearances for the Premier League champions this season - is set for a call-up and could be in the team that takes the field against West Ham on Saturday.
City boss Roberto Mancini made it clear the player was in his thinking when he said: "We hope Pablo Zabaleta can recover from a hamstring but we have Kolo Toure who can play there."
However, it seems certain the former Arsenal man will be involved in the City squad over the next three months more than he might have foreseen.
The Ivory Coast international is is out of contract in the summer and was becoming one of the forgotten men of the Premier League.
But City games are now expected to bring in scouts from the likes of Aston Villa, QPR, West Brom and Swansea - who are all looking to strengthen at the back.
But Newcastle lead the chase with a source declaring: "There was likely to be a move in the January but of course if Micah doesn't recover before the new year we could have to wait until summer.
"However, a lot of big City performances from him will strengthen his bargaining position on personal terms.."