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Edin Dzeko has recovered from the leg problem that saw him limp out of Monday’s win over Liverpool. Sergio Aguero could be poised for his first start of the season if Manuel Pellegrini deems him fit enough to make the first XI. Aleksandar Kolarov was dropped for the Liverpool clash but could return to the starting line-up as Pellegrini goes on the attack at the Etihad. Elaquim Mangala remains unavailable as he builds up his match fitness.
Stoke forward Bojan Krkic should feature, having returned to training on Thursday following a rib injury. Mark Hughes has worries on the right of defence – Phil Bardsley has failed to train this week, while Geoff Cameron is out with a thigh strain.