Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is fit for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle after overcoming a minor ankle knock suffered in midweek.
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Top scorer Sergio Aguero (calf) remains on the sidelines but could be close to a return while fellow forward Stevan Jovetic and midfielder Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) are also still out.
Winger Jesus Navas returns after resting a knee problem while defender Dedryck Boyata is available again after suspension. Defenders Micah Richards and Martin Demichelis are available after injury.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul and midfielder Yohan Cabaye could both return to the Newcastle squad.
Krul (shoulder) and Cabaye (Achilles) both missed the FA Cup third round defeat by Cardiff last weekend, but are back in training and may figure.
However, full-back Davide Santon is a doubt with a thigh problem and is set to join fellow defenders Fabricio Coloccini (knee) and the suspended Mathieu Debuchy on the sidelines.
Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Alnwick, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Lescott, Demichelis, Boyata, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Navas, Nasri, Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Garcia, Dzeko, Negredo, Guidetti.