The 25-year-old footballer served half his five-year sentence for rape and his old team is discussing the possibility of his return despite petitions.
City need just four points to take the English Premier League top spot in one of the most unpredictable title races in years.
From match postponements to teams surviving wild winds, bad weather across Britain has affected a series of gruelling English Premier League games.
English Premier League clubs spent a record £725mn in this season's transfer windows, with Man United's Juan Mata the most expensive January signing.
Arsenal maintained their challenge for the Premier League title after beating Liverpool 2-0 to open up a five-point lead at the top of the log.
Sunderland won their first match under new manager Paolo Di Canio, beating Newcastle United 3-0 in a thunderous derby to ease their relegation woes.
Holders Chelsea or Manchester United will face Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals.
Liverpool ended Tottenham Hotspur's 12-match unbeaten Premier League run when a late Steven Gerrard penalty sealed a 3-2 win at Anfield on Sunday.
Burkina Faso reached the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1998 after a 1-0 win over fellow outsiders Togo on Sunday.
Zambia defended their Afcon crown in frustrating fashion with a 1-1 draw against an Ethiopia side whose goalkeeper was red-carded.