Man City v Everton preview

Roberto Mancini must decide whether to keep centre-back Kolo Toure

in his starting line-up. Toure returned from serving a six-month

suspension for a failed drugs test in Wednesday’s Carling Cup win

over Birmingham – but Mancini has to work out whether the Ivorian

defender is fit enough to complete back-to-back matches. Mancini

has already decided that such a task would be too much for Owen

Hargreaves, who hit out at Manchester United’s medical team after

ending three years on the sidelines with a goalscoring contribution

to the Birmingham win. Everton boss David Moyes is likely to

restore several players to his first XI for the match. Tim Howard,

Sylvain Distin, Leon Osman and Tim Cahill were all left out of the

team that started the Carling Cup third round victory over West

Brom on Wednesday and are set to return. Louis Saha – who has

missed the last four games and been working on his fitness – vented

his frustration on Twitter last weekend at not being selected for

the squad to face Wigan and his chances of featuring against City

remain unclear. Victor Anichebe (groin) is injured and new signing

Marcus Hahnemann is not part of the squad heading to Manchester.

Man City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Onuoha, Kompany, Kolo

Toure, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Kolarov, Bridge, Barry, Milner, Yaya

Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez, Silva, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Balotelli.

Everton (from): Howard, Heitinga, Hibbert, Neville, Distin,

Jagielka, Baines, Barkley, Fellaini, Osman, Rodwell, Drenthe,

Cahill, Stracqualursi, Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Vellios, Gueye, Saha,

Coleman.