Given Craig Bellamy's blistering form in Robinho's absence, the Brazilian faces a tall order reclaiming a starting berth. A place on the substitutes' bench is unlikely to sit well with Robinho who could seek a move away from Manchester.
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Robinho told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo: 'Of course I'd enjoy playing for Barca.
'Who would not? We could have so much fun.
'It would be a pleasure to play alongside Messi, my compadre Dani Alves, Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, with them all. They're a great team.
'I played against them and know their quality. But right now I can only do it on the PlayStation.'
The increased interest in Robinho is nothing new to City, and assistant manager Mark Bowen said: "Robi is one of those players who will always be surrounded by rumour and speculation.
"And he is no different from any other player in the squad in that he will be fighting for a place when he regains his fitness.
"People might be asking how Robi's going to get back in, given Craig's form - but things change."
Robinho has not featured for City in the Premier League since Aug 22 while Bellamy has struck four times in his last four league outings.