Burnley have captain Steven Caldwell available for the first time this year after the defender finally completed his recovery from a groin injury, but Stephen Jordan misses out with a knee problem.

Danny Fox will deputise, while Brian Laws may make further changes in attack with Burnley goalless in their last two matches.

Steven Fletcher, Martin Paterson, David Nugent and Steven Thompson will vie for two places in attack, with Robbie Blake and Chris Eagles also hoping for recalls to the side.

Manchester City are without the suspended Pablo Zabaleta so Micah Richards will return to Roberto Mancini’s side.

Stephen Ireland is also out for the visitors, who still harbour hopes of breaking into the top four and qualifying for the Champions League.

Joleon Lescott, Wayne Bridge, Martin Petrov and Michael Johnson complete City’s injury list, while Craig Bellamy will be hoping to force his way back into the team.

Javier Garrido is likely to keep his place at left-back with Vincent Kompany partnering Kolo Toure and Shay Given selected in goal.

City have a wealth of forward options even after Robinho’s departure, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Bellamy all strikers who would be guaranteed starting slots in most Premier League teams.

In recent weeks Mancini has preferred a 4-4-2 with two wide men and a pair of holding midfielders, although Patrick Vieira has looked off the pace and may be replaced in a reshuffle in the centre of the park.

Adam Johnson has been in bright form but Bellamy will push him hard for the left wing spot, with Shaun Wright-Phillips expected to be chosen on the right flank.

Burnley will be heartened by the fact they scored three at City earlier in the season, collecting their only away point of the whole campaign to boot.

But confidence is rock bottom at Turf Moor, with only one home win at the famous old ground since October.

And the rot has well and truly set in since the arrival of Brian Laws, who has only been able to muster a paltry four points from thirteen attempts since he joined the club in January.

With both sides having leaky defences, there could well be a goalfest on the cards.

But even at the attacking end – formerly Burnley’s strength – the goals have dried up, with the Clarets drawing blanks in both of their last two matches, which they lost 1-0 on each occasion.

City’s away from is patchy to say the least, but they will be confident of getting their top four challenge on the right tracks with victory over Burnley, who are already virtually relegated.

Prediction: Burnley 1-4 Manchester City.