Pep Guardiola remains unsure when captain Vincent Kompany will return for Manchester City.
The influential Belgium defender has been out since August with a calf injury sustained while on international duty.
It is the latest in a long line of muscle problems to have dogged the 31-year-old’s career in recent years.
Guardiola reported in mid-September that Kompany had returned to training and it was thought he could be close to fitness, but no comeback has yet materialised.
The situation is now unclear with Guardiola vague on the subject when asked at his preview press conference for the Premier League leaders’ home clash with Burnley this weekend.
Guardiola said: “He is not ready, not yet.”
Asked if he knew when he might be fit, he shook his head and said: “No.”
One player who is back in contention, however, is striker Sergio Aguero.
The Argentina international has made a rapid recovery from the broken rib he suffered in a car accident in Amsterdam three weeks ago.
The 29-year-old has been a substitute for the past two games against Stoke and Napoli but was not risked.
Featuring against the Clarets on Saturday would give him the opportunity to equal the club’s goalscoring record of 177.
Guardiola said: “I think the game against Stoke it was just one training session. He could have played but was not completely fit. But the game against Napoli he was ready and of course he is ready for tomorrow.”