Manchester City midfielder James Milner (hamstring) and defender Joleon Lescott (back) are back in contention for the champions' Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
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Left-back Gael Clichy (back) could also be fit after missing France's midweek international against Italy and forward Samir Nasri has recovered from illness.
Striker Mario Balotelli will hope to play after being dropped last week but midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and right-back Micah Richards (knee) are not ready to return.
Aston Villa will be boosted by the return of full-backs Eric Lichaj and Nathan Baker after suspension and injury respectively.
Lichaj missed the 3-2 home defeat by Manchester United while serving a one-game ban for incurring five yellow cards this season.
Baker is back in contention after a four-game absence with an ankle problem. But Darren Bent, Chris Herd, Richard Dunne, Charles N'Zogbia and Joe Bennett are still unavailable.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Nasri, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Silva, Sinclair, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Razak.
Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Given, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj, Baker, Stevens, Herd, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams.