Manchester City's assistant manager Mark Bowen has warned Brazilian ace Robinho that he faces a fight to regain a first-team spot at Eastlands.
The 25-year-old has been sidelined for just over a month by a leg injury and in his absence Craig Bellamy has scored four times in four Premier League outings.
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.
"An injury or two and you're back in the side and then it's up to you to make sure that you stay there.
"Anybody who watches top-level football knows that is always the case now and we are no different."
Meanwhile, Citizens manager Mark Hughes has warned that he will not make signings for the sake of it in the January transfer window.
He added: "As soon as one window closes you begin planning for the next one, but I am quite happy with the attacking players I have.
"And I won't be bringing players in just to provide cover. It would be the wrong strategy to bring in players because of a short-term weakness.
"But if a good player is available and we think he would improve the squad on a longer basis, then we will look to do it."