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Manchester City are close to full strength for the visit of Everton in the Premier League.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell will miss out against his former club after a recent knock but is back in training and nearing a return.

Striker Stevan Jovetic has also had a minor issue but will be available, meaning defender Martin Demichelis (knee) is the only long-term absentee.

On-loan midfielder Gareth Barry is ineligible to face parent club Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Darron Gibson could provide the replacement but manager Roberto Martínez is unsure whether he will be fit as he is still suffering some after-effects from a knee injury.

Forward Kevin Mirallas is rated 50-50 while it is still too early for Steven Pienaar to return from a hamstring injury.

Kevin Keegan once claimed that the ‘circus comes to town’ when a high-profile club or manager is in the midst of losing streak which becomes a crisis with another negative result.

So Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester City may be hearing the hum of the wagons in the distance if Everton inflict a third defeat in seven days on the Premier League title favourites.

Everton, unbeaten under Roberto Martínez in the league, have no such concerns and will fancy their chances at the Etihad Stadium.

Stat of the game: Manchester City have won nine of their 10 points this season at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré; Nasri, Jovetic, Silva; Agüero.
Out: Demichelis (ankle), Rodwell (unspecified).

Everton (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Mirallas, McCarthy, Barkley, Osman; Jelavic; Lukaku.
Out: Alcaraz (match fitness), Barry (ineligible), Koné (knee), Pienaar (hamstring).
Test: Mirallas (ankle).

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Matches: 3. R1 Y7.

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