Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and forward Raheem Sterling are back in contention for Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle.
Defender Kompany has been out for the past month with the latest in a succession of calf-related problems, while England international Sterling has missed the last five games with a groin injury.
Playmaker David Silva (ankle) is again missing while forward Samir Nasri, recently returned from a lengthy lay-off, will rest a minor muscle injury.
Full-backs Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna also miss out with back injuries.
Kompany’s influence on the City team is significant but manager Manuel Pellegrini has not had to rush him back with the previously erratic Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi finally finding some consistent form.
Pellegrini said: “I am very happy with the way they are playing now, both of them, and Vincent will also be an important help for our defence.
“I always say if we are fighting for important things it is because we have a very good squad.
“Sterling is just coming from an important muscle injury and we will see tomorrow if he can play some minutes. It depends how he returns from the injury.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle United defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Daryl Janmaat will miss the game.
Skipper Coloccini is yet to shake off the calf injury which has sidelined him since February, while Janmaat will sit out with groin and hand problems.
Full-back Kevin Mbabu is close to a return from a long-standing thigh problem, but goalkeepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot (both knee) and defenders Steven Taylor (muscle strain) and Massadio Haidara (knee) are still out.
Provisional Newcastle squad: Darlow, Woodman, Dummett, Mbemba, Lascelles, Mbabu, Gibson, Colback, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Shelvey, Townsend, Saivet, De Jong, Anita, Gouffran, Aarons, Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez, Doumbia, Riviere.
Provisional Man City squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov, Delph, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Navas, Sterling, M Garcia, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho.