Sergio Aguero has been declared fit to face Liverpool but Manuel Pellegrini says Vincent Kompany remains out and David Silva would be “a risk”.
Aguero has been missing since sustaining a hamstring injury on international duty six weeks ago but the City boss says the Argentine is ready to go against Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday evening.
David Silva remains a doubt, however, due to an ankle injury while Company has failed to recover from the calf injury that saw him miss Belgium’s friendlies last week.
“Sergio Aguero is fit, he is ready to come back,” said Pellegrini.
“David Silva continues with some small pain in his ankle, so I think it’s a risk for him to play.
“Unfortunately, Samir Nasri is also injured, and Vincent Kompany and Wilfried Bony are also injured.”
Pellegrini has spoken with France duo Bacary Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala, who were both involved in last week’s friendly against Germany in Paris when terrorists struck.
“I spoke with both of them, they are okay,” said Pellegrini. “ It was a different experience, but they are okay.
“It’s difficult, not only for the players, but for everyone. The important thing is for all of us to try to refuse what happened and honour the victims.”
Raheem Sterling will come up against his old side for the first time on Saturday and Pellegrini has given his backing to the £49million attacker.
“I always say from beginning that Raheem is young player and he is developing a lot,” said Pellegrini.
“I am very happy in the way he is playing. He is an important player and he will be even more important in the future.”