Manchester City are still without captain Vincent Kompany (calf/hamstring) and strikers Edin Dzeko (calf) and Sergio Aguero (knee) for their FA Cup third-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Midfielder Fernando is available again after suspension but Yaya Toure could be involved for the final time before joining up with Ivory Coast for the African Nations Cup.
Second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero may keep his place for another game with England number one Joe Hart rested.
Sheffield Wednesday will be without on-loan pair Royston Drenthe and Lewis McGugan after they returned to parent clubs Reading and Watford respectively.
Captain Glenn Loovens overcame a hamstring strain to start at Wigan and is expected to resume in defence, while fellow centre-half Kamil Zayatte is in contention for his first appearance since September following a long-term hamstring problem.
Top scorers (all competitions): Sergio Aguero (Man City) 19; Stevie May (Sheff Wed) 7
Match odds: H 1-6 A 11-1 D 9-2
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)