Milner and Lescott back for City

Joleon Lescott

Manchester City midfielder James Milner (hamstring) and defender Joleon Lescott (back) are back in contention for the champions’ Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Left-back Gael Clichy (back) could also be fit after missing France’s midweek international against Italy and forward Samir Nasri has recovered from illness.

Striker Mario Balotelli will hope to play after being dropped last week but midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and right-back Micah Richards (knee) are not ready to return.

Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Nasri, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Silva, Sinclair, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Razak.

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