Pep Guardiola revealed that Manchester City would have to play a number of youngsters in their Carabao Cup game against Wycombe Wanderers. They were held to a goalless draw by Southampton in the Premier League with key players Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, and Oleksandr Zinchenko missing out. Ilkay Gundogan is the latest name to be added to their injury list this season. He believes that they would have to field a younger lineup against Wycombe.

“I don’t have any alternative… we are going to play a few young players,” Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola said. “We have John (Stones), Aymeric (Laporte), Oleks (Zinchenko), Rodri and I think Gundogan all of them injured. It’s a good opportunity for the academy – that’s why they are there.”

“Some players might rest for the games we have coming up ahead of us,” he added. “Ruben (Dias) played all of the minutes so far and Joao (Cancelo) played all of the minutes, too, so I don’t think they will be able to play in this game.”

Manchester City has a gruelling schedule after their Carabao Cup tie. They face Champions league winners Chelsea before they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Their Champions League tie will be followed to fellow title rivals Liverpool.

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