Man City v Stoke preview

Manchester City are set to be without star striker Sergio Aguero again for the visit of Stoke City.

In Aguero's absence Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko will battle it out to start alongside Alvaro Negredo up front.

Samir Nasri is pushing for a return to the starting line-up after impressing off the bench against Chelsea and Barcelona in the last two games.

Martin Demichelis is expected to continue in central defence alongside Vincent Kompany because of Matija Nastasic's knee problem.

James Milner is available again after missing the Barcelona defeat through suspension, while Fernandinho came through the 90 minutes in midweek unscathed after a thigh problem.

Stoke will be without winger Oussama Assaidi for their trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.

The on-loan Liverpool player is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks after tearing a knee ligament at Stoke's training camp in Dubai, while on-loan striker John Guidetti is ineligible against his parent club.

Centre-back Robert Huth is inching closer to a return from knee surgery while Andy Wilkinson and Matthew Etherington are both available after injury.