By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail
Published: 23:45 BST, 21 September 2020 | Updated: 23:57 BST, 21 September 2020
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.
Pep Guardiola said he will play mostly academy players for the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday
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.’
Academy graduate Liam Delap (above) was also on the bench along with Adrian Bernabesonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more