Junior Hoilett should be back for Blackburn after missing the defeat at Everton with a hamstring problem.
Ryan Nelsen and Vince Grella are injured and Steven Nzonzi serves the last match of a three-game suspension. Roque Santa Cruz, meanwhile, is unavailable against his parent club.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could be tempted to name an unchanged line-up against Rovers.
Italian striker Mario Balotelli looks set to retain his place following the FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United as Carlos Tevez has a hamstring injury.
With defender Micah Richards also absent with a similar problem, Pablo Zabaleta is set to stay in the team following the Wembley triumph.
Rovers (from): Robinson, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Salgado, J Jones, Emerton, Dunn, P Jones, Hoilett, Biram Diouf, Bunn, Roberts, Pedersen, Hanley, Kalinic, Rochina, Formica, Benjani.
Man City (from): Hart, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Boyata, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Y Toure, Vieira, Barry, Silva, Milner, A Johnson, Dzeko, Balotelli, Razak, McGivern, Guidetti.