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Manchester City defender Micah Richards (knee) is fit for the visit of Rovers.

Richards required lengthy treatment during the midweek Europa League win over Porto but completed the game while midfielder Gareth Barry, who was withdrawn to protect a muscle twinge, does not have a serious problem.

Defender Kolo Toure, midfielder Yaya Toure (both international duty) and striker Mario Balotelli (suspension) return to domestic action after lengthy absences. Striker Carlos Tevez, now back in training, is not yet match-fit.

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn is a doubt due to a thigh injury.

Winger Junior Hoilett, substituted early in the second half of the 3-2 win over QPR, is fit, but Jason Lowe begins a two-match ban having picked up his 10th booking of the season in that game and fellow defender Gael Givet is still suspended as well.

Centre-back Christopher Samba, who has not played since January 2 and last month handed in a transfer request, appears poised to leave Rovers to join Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, K Toure, Savic, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Milner, Johnson, Barry, De Jong, Y Toure, Pizarro, Hargreaves, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli.

Rovers (from): Robinson, Orr, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Pedersen, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Dunn, Yakubu, Formica, Modeste, Goodwillie, Marcus Olsson, Rochina, Vukcevic, Henley, Slew, Blackman, Bunn.

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