Robinho will be part of Manchester City's squad for the Carling Cup semi-final decider at Old Trafford.
The Brazilian thought Sunday's FA Cup win over Scunthorpe would be his last game for the Blues as he tries to negotiate himself a loan move to Santos.
But as the deal is yet to go through, the former Real Madrid man is up for selection by manager Roberto Mancini.
Patrick Vieira (ankle) is still sidelined but Emmanuel Adebayor is available and Kolo Toure will be checked once he arrives back from Africa Cup of Nations.
Team (from): Given, Taylor, Zabaleta, Richards, Boyata, Onuoha, Toure, Sylvinho, Garrido, Trippier, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, De Jong, Barry, Ibrahim, Bellamy, Robinho, Benjani, Petrov, Tevez, Adebayor.
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