TEAM NEWS: Micah Richards starts for Manchester City's match against Wigan

Micah Richards makes his long-awaited return for Manchester City as he surprisingly gets the start against Wigan in Wednesday evening's Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

The Englishman has been sidelined since sustaining knee ligament damage back early in the campaign, last appearing for the Eastlands side in their 1-0 over Swansea on October 27.

Elsewhere in Roberto Mancini's line-up, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott partner in central, whilst Carlos Tevez is supported up front by want-away Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kolarov, Lescott, Kompany, Barry, Garcia, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez

Subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Dzeko, Sinclair, Rodwell, Clichy, Toure, K

Wigan Athletic: Robles, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Di Santo, Maloney, Gomez, Boyce, Beausejour, Figueroa, Scharner

Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Henriquez, McManaman, McArthur, Espinoza, Stam