The captain missed Saturday’s draw with Cheltenham after being sent off in the final minute of the Boxing Day defeat at Wycombe but is back in contention to take on the Grecians.
Defender Mark O’Brien remains banned, however, as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension.
Sean Rigg (hip), Marlon Jackson and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (both hamstring) are all expected to miss out.
Paul Tisdale could name the same XI that claimed a dramatic late win over Barnet on Saturday with no new injury or suspension worries.
Forward Matt Jay made his first start of the season against the Bees and Tisdale admitted he was pleased with his contribution despite not getting on the scoresheet.
Kane Wilson also made a rare start at full-back, scoring his first professional goal, and he is another likely to keep his place after earning the praise of the manager.
City will head into the New Year’s Day clash better rested than their opponents after the Boxing Day fixture against Forest Green was abandoned at half-time.
Southampton manager Mark Hughes was delighted to see his new side reach the FA Cup semi-finals but also warned that the Premier League remains a concern.
Borussia Dortmund winger Andre Schurrle was delighted with the team's hard-fought 1-0 Bundesliga victory over Hannover 96 on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed that he sought advice from club legend John Terry after making a few costly mistakes recently.