Man City's Guardiola says his players are not machines as injuries mount

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Aymeric Laporte and Ilkay Gundogan, meanwhile, are both yet to play this season after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Brazil global was not named in a youthful squad for Thursday's Carabao Cup win against Bournemouth, with 17-year-old Liam Delap starting up front for City and scoring the opener.

"We've trained less. Managers - not just for Covid-19 - now must be the human resources (officer) or the guy who takes care (of players) because we don't have time for training or to practise much", he said.

His father, former Stoke stalwart Rory, was just as proud after seeing him mark his senior City debut with a goal.

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After the Leicester clash, City face Burnley in the League Cup on Wednesday before a league match at promoted Leeds United next Saturday.

With Jesus' injury, problems for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola have increased as the side is already grapling with the injury of Sergio Aguero. "Everyone - the Premier League, UEFA, EFL - has defended their own business and position", Guardiola told reporters. We'll not change anything saying the opposite. We can not control that. When you need players we can use it. They let them play two games in four days without preparation.

With a quick turnaround for the Norwich game, Tindall concluded: "To push them right the way to the end, I think we can take great confidence from that moving forward into the weekend".

The 17-year-old Liam Delap is City's only other recognised striker with first-team experience, so Pep Guardiola may have to deploy a false No 9, with Raheem Sterling having previously operated in the role. "It depends on the quality of the player".

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