Tevez has been out of action with a thigh injury, but is now ready to hand City a boost.
Zabaleta said: “It’s nice to hear the news that Carlos is back. He is one of our best players at the moment, and when he plays you have a lot of possibilities to win.
“Everyone is important for the team, but we know Carlos is a great player. When he is out of the team, it is not the same – he is our captain and a great player.
“The fact he is back is very positive, and we all hope we see him run out on Sunday.”