Fellow midfielder Yaya Toure is likely to return after missing the draw against Burnley on Sunday but captain Vincent Kompany, who has had calf and hamstring problems, remains on the sidelines.
Strikers Edin Dzeko (calf) and Sergio Aguero (knee) are not expected to return until later in January.
Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson could yet feature??as he prepares to play through the pain barrier.
The Sweden international limped off with an ankle problem 57 minutes into??Sunday’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Aston Villa, but was expected to??train on Wednesday to give himself a chance of retaining his place in Gus
Fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt was not so fortunate and will miss out after??suffering concussion at the weekend, while full-backs Patrick van Aanholt??(shoulder) and Anthony Reveillere (calf) are due to resume training on Monday.