City midfielder Patrick Vieira will also miss the visit of the Reds to Eastlands as he starts a three-match suspension.
Vieira has been punished by the FA following a challenge on Stoke's Glenn Whelan during the draw in midweek.
Carlos Tevez is still in Argentina dealing with a domestic matter.
However, Craig Bellamy could come into contention after stepping up his fitness following a knee problem.
City (from): Given, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Toure, Lescott, Boyata, Garrido, Sylvinho, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Barry, De Jong, Ibrahim, Johnson, Bellamy, Adebayor.