Sergio Aguero has been passed fit for City’s home encounter against Liverpool.
The Argentine could be handed an instant return to the starting XI, given that Wilfried Bony has been ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the previous Gameweek.
Vincent Kompany is sidelined with the calf complaint that forced him to withdraw from international duties – Eliaquim Mangala is likely to deputise alongside Nicolas Otamendi.
Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that David Silva continues to be hampered by an ankle injury.
With Samir Nasri also out injured, this should see Jesus Navas, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling line up behind Aguero, though Yaya Toure could be pushed forward, allowing Fernando to partner Fernandinho in the central midfield roles.
Pablo Zabaleta and Fabian Delph returned to training in midweek but Pellegrini failed to issue an update on either player during his Friday press conference.
Zabaleta – if fit – will push Bacary Sagna on the right, whilst Aleksandar Kolarov’s pitch time looks increasingly under pressure from the fit-again Gael Clichy.