Robinho has been warned that he will not walk straight back in to the Manchester City team when he returns to full fitness.
The Brazil striker has been sidelined since early September with a stress fracture of his leg and in the 25-year-old's absence, Craig Bellamy has scored four goals in as many games.
The £34million player is set to miss the next two matches against Wigan and Fulham but he could be available for the Carling Cup tie against Scunthorpe on October 28.
City's assistant boss Mark Bowen said: 'Robi's no different from any other player - he'll be fighting for a place when he regains fitness.
'People might be asking how Robi is going to get back in given Craig's form, but things do change.
'Anybody who watches top-level football knows that is always the case now and we are no different.'
Barcelona have been linked with a move for Robinho but Bowen added: "Robi is one of those players who will always be surrounded by rumour and speculation, it doesn't bother him.'
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