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Pep Guardiola reacts to Man City injury crisis with only 13 stars fit for Leicester tie

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City can have “no excuses” – despite having just 13 fit senior players for Sunday’s visit of Leicester. 

Guardiola is without several of City’s most influential players, including Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

Against that backdrop, Guardiola will name several youth players in his squad, including striker Liam Delap, 17, who marked his debut with a stunning strike in City’s 2-1 EFL Cup win over Bournemouth. 

Despite his lack of personnel, Guardiola said he has confidence in the players at his disposal and will not use injuries or enforced absences as an excuse.

As well as injured quintent Aguero, Bernardo, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Joao Cancelo and Nicolas Otamendi, Laporte is recovering after contracting Covid-19, while Ilkay Gundogan continues to isolate after also testing positive.

“Well, the situation we have right now, we have just 13 players available in the first-team,” said Guardiola.

“But at this club, excuses don’t exist. We have 13 players and we have to win the games.

“We need the academy, not just for the training sessions. The players there can be selected for the games.

“With the problems we have up front, of course Liam will stay with us. We’ll see if we need him or use him.

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“But we cannot forget, like the same way we spoke about Phil Foden in previous seasons, that he’s just 17.

“He has a lot of things to improve and we cannot anticipate the progress of every young player.

“But Liam is a different striker to what we have in terms of physicality.

“That’s why you have the academy. When you need players, you can use it. But it depends on the quality of the player.”

Leicester are top of the Premier League, having won their opening two games, with Guardiola acknowledging how tough tomorrow will be, especially with City’s depleted squad.

“It will be incredibly tough, we know that,” said Guardiola. “It’s always difficult and this will be no exception.

“But we play at home and I see the team really well in terms of happiness and the relationships. The young players help us a lot and we move forward.

“We will recover and try to arrive fresh for the game. We don’t have time to practice anything. Just avoid injuries. Right now it is what it is.

“We prepared for five weeks.

“Now we recover and Friday before the game we’ll see the players more fit and ready. “

“Last season they were incredible. They struggled in the last part of the season when Ben Chilwell and James Maddison were injured, they were big players for them.

“They have exceptional players up front and in the middle. We know it. We know how tough it will be.”

 

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