The centre-back sustained a knock in last week's defeat to West Brom and will be assessed before the game, which fellow defender Tony Hibbert will definitely miss because of a cut ankle picked up against the Baggies.
Doubtful: Phil Jagielka (right) will undergo a late fitness test
Captain Phil Neville has recovered from a sore knee and although midfielder Marouane Fellaini returns after suspension Mikel Arteta begins a three-match ban for his sending-off last weekend.
Provisional squad: Howard, Heitinga, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Neville, Fellaini, Cahill, Pienaar, Beckford, Yakubu, Saha, Anichebe, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Mucha, Baxter, Coleman.
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