Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (groin) could return for the Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland on Boxing Day after being kept on the bench as a precaution last weekend.
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Striker Mario Balotelli (illness) could also come back into contention while left-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy will hope to overcome niggles.
Forward Samir Nasri is out with a hamstring injury while right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) remain on the long-term casualty list.
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is a doubt after limping out of Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Southampton with a dead leg, while fellow midfielder Sebastian Larsson has a knee problem, although manager Martin O'Neill is hoping both will make the game.
Skipper Lee Cattermole (knee) remains on the long-term casualty list along with defender Wes Brown (also knee), but David Meyler has been recalled from his loan spell at Hull to bolster O'Neill's midfield resources.
Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Kilgallon, O'Shea, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Meyler, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Fletcher.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Zabaleta, Maicon, Lescott, Kompany, K Toure, Nastasic, Rekik, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva, Sinclair, Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli, Dzeko, Razak.