Manager Nigel Pearson is wrapping his players in cotton wool ahead of tomorrow's crunch trip to Crystal Palace.
Several of them are carrying the scars of battle after their gruelling victory over Bolton on Tuesday.
Pearson said they were being nursed through training this week to make sure they are ready to face the Eagles.
While there may be a touch of weariness, Pearson said the 3-2 win against the Trotters, City's first win in 10 games, had refreshed his squad mentally.
"We've had to be a little protective in terms of how much we do with them," he said.
"The other night we had a couple of players who haven't played a great deal coming back into the side, and we have a number who have played an awful lot of games.
"It is always about getting that balance right and making sure that, physically, they are recovered and we have the best preparation going into tomorrow's game. But the players are desperate to play, even if they are aching. That is the sort of mentality we want.
"Spirits are pretty positive after the other night and there is a sense of relief that we were able to see the game through and get the win.
"There aren't any injuries of any great concern. In those sorts of games, you always pick up a few bumps and bruises but, really, we will be more or less at full strength."
Midfielder Matty James, winger Lloyd Dyer and striker Jeff Schlupp were the stand-out performers on Tuesday.
All three have not played as much football as many of their team-mates this season, but Pearson said it was not just their physical freshness that had boosted City.
"It is not just physically, it is the ability to handle the situation mentally," he said.
"For people like Lloyd and Anthony Knockaert, who came back into the side, they hopefully see it as a fresh chance to go out and do their stuff.
"I think what is important is the mentality of the group, and we need the collective spirit to get through.
"If the side changes from game to game, then so be it. It is about getting the right result. The players are in a good shape mentally at the moment."