However defender Micah Richards has recovered from a similar problem and comes into contention at Old Trafford.
Italian job? Balotelli (left) will aim to make his comeback against United
Striker Mario Balotelli could return after a four-week absence with a knee injury which followed his hat-trick against Aston Villa.
Provisional squad: Hart, Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boateng, K Toure, Kompany, Boyata, Kolarov, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Vieira, Milner, Y Toure, Silva, Barry, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Jo, Guidetti.
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