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Pep Guardiola already has a long list of absentees at Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he only has 13 fit senior players for Sunday’s clash with Leicester.

The city is less than a week into its new season but already has a long list of absentees.

Guardiola turned to the youngsters for the 2-1 Carabao Cup victory on Thursday against Bournemouth and expects to have to call on the resources of the club’s academy again.

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One youngster who drew attention against the Cherries was 17-year-old forward Liam Delap – son of former Stoke Rory midfielder – who opened the scoring with a nice strike just inside the box .

With Sergio Aguero likely out for another two months as he recovers from knee surgery, Delap could see more action in the coming weeks.

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Highlights of the Carabao Cup match between Manchester City and Bournemouth

Highlights of the Carabao Cup match between Manchester City and Bournemouth

Guardiola said: “Well, in the current situation we only have 13 players available in the first team. We need the academy, not just for the training sessions. They can be selected during matches.

“With the problems we have up front, of course Liam will stay with us. We’ll see if we need it or if we use it.

“But we can’t forget, as we’ve talked about Phil Foden in previous seasons, he’s only 17. He has a lot to improve, the steps need their own time. “

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero may be out for another two months

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero may be out for another two months

Guardiola has revealed that Nicolas Otamendi, who has been linked with a move to Porto, has not been at risk due to ‘negritations’, while compatriot Aymeric Laporte is still not in good shape.

Laporte only returned to training last Friday after recovering from the coronavirus and he is also unlikely to take part in the home clash with the Foxes in the Premier League.

With the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko also out and others rested, Guardiola made eight changes against Bournemouth.

Delap and USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen made their debuts, as there were opportunities for youngsters Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Tommy Doyle and Adrian Bernabe.

Bernabe’s night turned sour when he, too, was injured and carried away before half-time.

Delap’s strike got City off to a good start at 18 minutes, but Sky Bet Championship side Bournemouth responded well to the level thanks to Sam Surridge.

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Liam Delap – son of Rory – opened the scoring for Manchester City, now take a look at some of the goals his dad created for Stoke!

Liam Delap – Rory’s son – opened the scoring for Manchester City, now take a look at some of the goals his dad created for Stoke!

It took another famous academy graduate, Foden, to settle the tie with 15 minutes remaining after Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were called off the bench.

Foden fell back perfectly on the rebound after Riyad Mahrez hit the post.

But it was still Delap, who was booked late after a bad challenge over goalkeeper Mark Travers, who stole the show.

“He’s a different striker than we have in terms of physique, but we see in the training sessions how good he is a finisher,” Guardiola said. “Now we are calm, we are still working, but we are delighted with his performance. “

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