Manchester City welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium this evening as they look to usurp Liverpool from the Premier League's summit.
Sergio Aguero was hauled off in the 79th minute of the Everton game due to a groin strain sustained shortly after scoring the equalising goal. Although the Argentinian sought to assuage fears over his fitness via twitter, Manuel Pellegrini ruled him out of the Villa clash and cast doubt on his availability for the West Ham fixture as well.
Elsewhere, Yaya Toure confirmed that his substitution against Everton was simply a precautionary measure in light of the injury he picked up in the Blues' 3-2 defeat at Anfield.
David Silva returned to action last week, so should line-up alongside the imposing Ivorian. Jesus Navas has shaken off the ankle injury that kept him sidelined for the last four fixtures.
Pellegrini has called upon the services of James Milner and Javi Garcia in recent weeks, shoring up the midfield for tricky visits to Selhurst Park and Goodison Park.
But with Silva coming back into the fold, one of these will have to drop out to accommodate the fleet-of-foot playmaker. Considering Milner's stellar performance against the Toffees, you'd fancy the Englishman to get the nod ahead of Garcia.
Fernandinho will complete the midfield trio, facilitating Toure's forays forward with his defensive awareness.
In Aguero's absence, Dzeko will likely lead the line, given his propensity for scoring crucial goals and overall better form than the ex-Sevilla centre forward.
Meanwhile, with a clean bill of health on the defensive front, City will stick with the same back five of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Martín Demichelis and Gael Clichy.
Manchester City predicted line-up: Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis, Gael Clichy; Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, James Milner; Samir Nasri, David Silva; Edin Dzeko.
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