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Edin Dzeko played in the 1-1 draw at Stoke in September.
Edin Dzeko has maintained a relatively low profile for Manchester City since his £27 million move from Wolfsburg two years ago.
But the Bosnia striker has been a crucial component in the success enjoyed by Roberto Mancini’s team during that period.
His late equalizer against Notts County in the 2011 FA Cup fourth round prevented a shock defeat and helped City toward their eventual triumph against Stoke City.
Last season Dzeko sealed his place in City folklore when he equalized to make it 2-2 against QPR before Sergio Aguero claimed the title-winning goal on the final day of the campaign.
Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross will return from suspension for the game at the Etihad Stadium.
The influence of the 25-year-old was notably absent during Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Southampton at the Britannia Stadium as the Potters had to come from 3-1 down to salvage a point.
Shawcross will be looking to open 2013 well after winning his first England cap in the friendly defeat to Sweden in November 2012.
The central defender has recently been linked with a move to both Manchester club,s but his intention on Tuesday will be to ensure his former club United are grateful to his presence at Stoke.