Captain Vincent Kompany (thigh) remains on the sidelines as Manchester City host Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.
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Playmaker David Silva and striker Stevan Jovetic (calf) are also still sidelined while it remains to be seen if manager Manuel Pellegrini will restore Joe Hart or retain Costel Pantilimon in goal.
Midfielder Fernandinho and defender Matija Nastasic have recovered from the knocks that ruled them out of the loss at Sunderland a fortnight ago.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that striker Emmanuel Adebayor could make his first appearance of the season.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen is out for four weeks with an ankle injury while Danny Rose remains sidelined because of a toe problem he suffered in September.
Left-back Zeki Fryers and midfielder Nacer Chadli have recovered from their respective groin and hamstring troubles while Hugo Lloris is fit to return in goal.
Manchester City (from): Pantilimon, Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Nastasic, Lescott, Demichelis, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Milner, Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Rodwell, Garcia, Aguero, Negredo, Dzeko.
Tottenham (from): Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dawson, Kaboul, Fryers, Sandro, Capoue, Dembele, Paulinho, Lamela, Lennon, Townsend, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Adebayor, Kane, Defoe, Soldado.