Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims to have just 13 fit senior players available for Sunday’s clash with Leicester.
City are less than a week into their new season but already have a lengthy list of absentees.
Guardiola turned to youth for Thursday’s 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Bournemouth and expects to have to call upon the club’s academy resources again.
One youngster who caught the eye against the Cherries was 17-year-old striker Liam Delap – son of former Stoke midfielder Rory – who opened the scoring with a fine strike from just inside the area.
With Sergio Aguero possibly out for another two months as he recovers from knee surgery, Delap could see more action in the coming weeks.
“Well, the situation we have right now, we have just 13 players available in the first team. We need the academy, not just for the training sessions. They can be selected during 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.
“But we cannot forget, like the same way we spoke about Phil Foden in previous seasons, he’s just 17 years old. He has a lot of things to improve, steps need their own time.”
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