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Pep Guardiola says he will play 'mostly academy players' in the Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth with Manchester City missing seven first-team stars for Premier League clash with Leicester Pep Guardiola says he will play mostly academy players in the Carabao Cup  The Manchester City boss is without key players due to injuries and Covid-19 The manager said he will save energy for the league clash with Leicester Guardiola also raised concerns over the growing coronavirus infection rate 

By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail

Published: 23:45 BST, 21 September 2020 | Updated: 23:57 BST, 21 September 2020

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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.

Pep Guardiola said he will play mostly academy players for the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday

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

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 Bernabe

Academy graduate Liam Delap (above) was also on the bench along with Adrian Bernabe

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