With Manchester City still challenging for four trophies this season, boss Pep Guardiola has hinted he could name a near full strength side against Championship side Bristol City in tonight’s Carabro Cup semi-final 1st Leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Claudio Bravo could keep his goal keeping spot after impressing against Burnley in their 4-1 F.A Cup win on Saturday, while Ilkay Gundogan is also expected to keep his shirt.
Club captain Vincent Kompany is still doubtful with a calf injury while definitely out for the runaway Premier League leaders is young midfielder Phil Foden, who is still recovering from an ankle injury, while striker Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy haven’t recovered from the knee injuries they picked up over the festive period.
Giant killers Bristol City have already knocked four premier league sides out of this year’s league cup, dispatching Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace before their dramatic 2-1 win over Manchester United in the quarter finals, however their recent form has seen them drop to fourth in the championship, while Watford got their revenge for knocking them out of this cup, with a 3-0 win to end Bristol’s F.A Cup dreams for this season on Saturday.
Bristol striker Korey Smith, who scored the late winner against United, is hopeful of shaking off the knock that saw him leave the field at half time at the weekend, while Skipper Bailey wright, Nathan Baker, Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid are all looking at a recall after being rested at the weekend. Their could also be a possible debut for midfielder Liam Walsh, who has completed his move from premier league side Everton over the weekend.