Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims he has only 13 senior players fit to face Leicester City in their Premier League encounter on Sunday.
Man City are just less than a week into their new season and are faced with a lengthy number of absentees.
Guardiola had to turn to their academy for Thursday’s 2-1 victory in the Carabao Cup over Bournemouth and expect to look at the youth team again to add up to his squad to play in Sundays Premier League game.
Former Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap’s son, Liam Delap was on player who caught the eye against the Cherries on Thursday scoring a fine strike from inside the area.
Sergio Aguero has been ruled out with an ankle injury and could possibly miss action for the next two months and this mean Delap could see more action in the coming weeks.
Pep said: “Well then 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 problem we have upfront, of course Liam will stay with us. We’ll see if we need him or use him.
“But we cannot forget, 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.”
Pep revealed that Nicolas Otamendi was not risked due to “niggles” while Aymeric Laporte just returned to training last Friday after recovering from Coronavirus.
Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all also out while others were rested.