The England international defender has returned from a knee injury and featured in the last two games, but will not play at the Etihad Stadium due to a slight knock.
“It’s still a bit too early for John Terry,” interim coach Roberto Di Matteo told reporters, published by Sky Sports.
“He did very well to come back in such a short time and we were lucky. He should be fine for the weekend.”
Despite the absence of the influential centre half, Di Matteo is confident that his side can go head-to-head against City and get a result.
“I think we have a very good team and squad, a very strong one, and we’ve shown it over the years.
“The table shows that they have won more games this season than we have. But, I think we are very competitive.
“I know the facts. They’re obviously very strong at home, everybody knows that. But every run comes to an end.
“We’ve got a lot of players that have played many, many important games and crucial games and Premier League games, and that is certainly a factor that is within our team,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight