Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero will miss this weekend’s Premier League clash with Stoke but is poised to return to training next week.
The striker has missed four games with a hamstring injury but could be back in contention for the Capital One Cup final against Sunderland on March 2.
Midfielder James Milner is available again after his midweek European suspension and captain Vincent Kompany is not affected by a hamstring twinge. Defender Matija Nastasic (knee) is the only other notable absentee.
Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Demichelis, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Navas, Silva, Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Rodwell, Garcia, Negredo, Dzeko, Jovetic, Lopes.