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Sport Guardiola will play 'mostly academy players' in the Carabao Cup tie

03:31  22 september  2020
03:31  22 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Pep Guardiola said he will play mostly academy players for the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday. 'We would like to continue in the Carabao Cup but we don't have players after this period, to be able to play every three or four days. We're going to play mostly academy players against Bournemouth

“Against Bournemouth we will play mostly players in the academy and try to keep energy for the Premier League. We won the Carabao Cup three times and we want to win again but we will have to see. Guardiola suggested Garcia could be back in the fold soon, but says the other three are likely

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Pep Guardiola vowed to play a significant number of Manchester City's academy in the Carabao Cup as injuries piled up before their season even started.

City were without seven first-team players for Monday's impressive 3-1 win at Wolves to injury, Ilkay Gundogan joining the list after testing positive for coronavirus ahead of the game.

Guardiola's squad have under 72 hours' rest before facing Bournemouth on Thursday and the manager claimed he has no choice but to dip into the academy.

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Pep Guardiola says he will play ' mostly academy players ' in the Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth with Man City missing seven first-team stars.

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Pep Guardiola standing in front of a crowd: Pep Guardiola said he will play mostly academy players for the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday © Provided by Daily Mail Pep Guardiola said he will play mostly academy players for the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday a man holding a football ball: Tommy Doyle was one of the Manchester City youngsters to make the bench against Wolves © Provided by Daily Mail Tommy Doyle was one of the Manchester City youngsters to make the bench against Wolves

'We cannot pretend we can recover in three days and then another three days play again,' Guardiola said. 'We cannot expend the energy we did today (again) on Thursday against Bournemouth because of Sunday (against Leicester).

'It is a lack of preparation, we have seven players out and they are not coming back soon. We will see how many players are available.

'We would like to continue in the Carabao Cup but we don't have players after this period, to be able to play every three or four days. We're going to play mostly academy players against Bournemouth and try to keep the energy for the Premier League.'

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Leyton Orient will have to FORFEIT their Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham if they can't play tomorrow as 'a number of' players test positive for EFL rules state that a club which is unable to fulfil its obligation to play in the cup due to positive Covid tests may have to forfeit the fixture, and pay the

Pep Guardiola says he will play ' mostly academy players ' in the Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth with Man City missing seven first-team stars.

Academy graduates Tommy Doyle and Adrian Bernabe were joined on City's bench by 17-year-old Liam Delap on Monday. Delap, son of former Stoke defender Rory, is a highly regarded striker and looks set for a senior debut against Bournemouth.

a man standing on a baseball field: Academy graduate Liam Delap (above) was also on the bench along with Adrian Bernabe © Provided by Daily Mail Academy graduate Liam Delap (above) was also on the bench along with Adrian Bernabe

Guardiola's fitness problems are mounting, with the Catalan suggesting that only Eric Garcia will recover in time for Leicester's visit to the Etihad on Sunday. Aymeric Laporte is back training and should return, although Aleks Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero and Joao Cancelo are facing weeks on the sidelines.

'Most of them are after the Leeds game, the international break,' Guardiola added. 'After that they will be ready. Laporte was not injured but only had one training session. Eric had 16 stitches but maybe the next game he will be fit.

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Pep Guardiola says he will play ' mostly academy players ' in the Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth with Man City missing seven first-team stars.

Pep Guardiola says he will play ' mostly academy players ' in the Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth with Leyton Orient will have to FORFEIT their Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham if they can't play tomorrow as 'a number of' players test positive for coronavirus and their stadium is put

'Unfortunately Ilkay got Covid. I'm concerned for the society, not Man City. The cases are increasing, they're still there.

'It's less aggressive but it's still there. Aymeric and Riyad passed it and now we have Ilkay. I think he feels quite well now but he has to stay at home. We tried to be prudent, be alert in our private lives, but it is there. We are no different to any human being in society.'

a baseball player holding a racket: Ilkay Gundogan is one of seven players out of the game after testing positive for coronavirus © Provided by Daily Mail Ilkay Gundogan is one of seven players out of the game after testing positive for coronavirus Aymeric Laporte standing on a court: Aymeric Laporte is back training and should return for the game after also testing positive © Provided by Daily Mail Aymeric Laporte is back training and should return for the game after also testing positive

City are on the hunt for a new central defender and have interest in Sevilla's 21-year-old Jules Kounde. The LaLiga club's sporting director, Monchi, claimed to have rejected a bid, with the Europa League winners wanting upwards of £60million.

'There is no agreement with City,' Monchi said. 'It's certain that in the last few days we have received interest from one club for Jules. They submitted an offer that was assessed by the board and it was rejected. If they come back, we will listen and we will respond.'

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Chelsea play Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night before travelling to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Pep Guardiola says he will play ' mostly academy players ' in the Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth with Man City missing seven first-team stars.

Pep Guardiola says he will play ' mostly academy players ' in the Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth with Man City missing seven first-team stars.

City will be encouraged by their opening-day victory yet Wolves were made to rue missed opportunities after half-time, with Daniel Podence causing problems to City's back four but failing to take his chances.

'It's not about measuring the positives and negatives,' Wolves manager Nuno Espirto Santo said. 'We know how important moments in both boxes are. We were bad defensively in our box in the first half. We should've been more clinical. City have talented players but we caused them a lot of problems. There are lots of things we can improve on.'

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