The England international has not featured for the Citizens since August due to persistent injury problems, but he is back among the matchday squad for the trip to his former hunting ground.
New Villa boss Remi Garde, overseeing his first game in charge today, has opted to make six changes to his side to usher in a new era at Villa Park.
Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Clark, Amavi; Gana, Veretout, Sanchez, Gil, Sinclair; Ayew
Subs: Bunn, Bacuna, Lescott, Richardson, N'Zogbia, Gestede, Grealish
Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernando, Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Toure, Sterling; Bony
Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy, Delph, Navas, Iheanacho
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