Man City v Wolves preview

Edin Dzeko may have to be content with a place on the bench as City

look to secure top spot for 24 hours. The £27million Bosnian

has not played a competitive game since scoring a last-minute

equaliser for Wolfsburg against Hoffenheim prior to the German

winter break and Roberto Mancini is cautious about pitching him

straight in against Mick McCarthy’s men. Mario Balotelli (knee) and

Micah Richards (back) have been ruled out but David Silva is

expected to be available after missing two games with a knee

injury. Wolves have a trio of players – including skipper Karl

Henry – back available at Eastlands. Manager Mick McCarthy

confirmed midfielder Henry (knee) and defenders Jody Craddock (hip)

and Steve Mouyokolo (back) will all travel to Eastlands after

recovering from injury. Henry could replace hamstring victim Dave

Edwards who was on target in Wolves 2-1 home win over City earlier

this season. Full-back George Elokobi will start a three-game ban

for his red card in the FA Cup tie at Doncaster last weekend and he

is likely to be replaced by Stephen Ward. Manchester City (from):

Hart, Given, Zabaleta, Boateng, K Toure, Kompany, Boyata, Kolarov,

Lescott, Wright-Phillips, Johnson, De Jong, Vieira, Milner, Y

Toure, Silva, Barry, Tevez, Dzeko, Adebayor, Jo. Wolves (from):

Hennessey, Hahnemann, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Ward, Hunt, Foley,

Milijas, Jarvis, Fletcher, Doyle, Jones, Henry, Craddock, Winnall,

Doherty, Mujangi Bia, Mouyokolo, Ebanks-Landell, Rooney.