As we inch closer to the giant Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid, coach Manuel Pellegrini could not be happier to see his squad entirely healthy for the first time all season, a huge boost for the Chilean coach in the most important portion of the campaign.
The only player missing the Stoke clash is Samir Nasri, who is in the final stages of recovery from a minor muscle problem, but is expected to be available for the upcoming matches. One key return for Saturday is David Silva. The Spaniard missed the last two games with an ankle problem, but will be in uniform this weekend.
Two other injured players come back and will add good depth to City's defense: French full-backs Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy are medically cleared and ready to face the Potters, and they have a good chance to start on Saturday as Pellegrini is likely to rotate his squad and give good minutes to his reserves against Stoke.