The midfielder has recovered from a knock picked up at Wigan last week, taking part in training on Thursday.
Nathan Baker is sidelined after suffering a groin injury in City's midweek FA Cup third-round replay defeat to Shrewsbury. The defender will require a scan before the full extent of the damage is known.
Sami Radlinger will miss out for Barnsley.
The goalkeeper is suffering from the illness which has also affected midfielder Mike Bahre.
Striker Cauley Woodrow (hamstring) will not be involved on Saturday but is expected back next week.