Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he doesn’t have many players for the Carabao Cup semifinal with Manchester United on Wednesday night.
‘The Citizens’ have been hit with an outbreak of Covid-19 that forced the club’s training base to temporarily close.
They beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday without Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus, and Guardiola says he still has limited numbers to pick from ahead of the derby at Old Trafford.
“We don’t have many players and like I said after the first press conference, to play one or two games is OK, but if this sustains for a long time and I can only use 14 or 15 players, it will be more difficult,” says Guardiola.
“Like everyone in the world, we adapt, you have to adjust our lives and our professions as much as possible and we don’t have an alternative.
“The most important thing is that the guys who have Covid can recover well and the guys handle it well and try to avoid it as much as possible.”
City face a United side who are level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool after a run of unbeaten domestic games that stretches back to November.
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By Ofhani Munyai