Match preview: Injury struck City ready for Wednesday?
Manchester City will start defending the Capital One Cup trophy against Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday Sep 24th with a strongly weakened side after most of the attacking players are ruled out due to injury.
Already at Chelsea Fernando and Jovetic (hamstring) were non-starters, while Aguero (knee), Silva (ancle) and Nasri (groin) have been added to the list after the weekend. Zabaleta are also missing from the team after sustaining a red card against Chelsea. In addition it is likely that Caballero will get his chance between the posts, while Pellegrini would be wise to let Mangala and Kompany continue their partnership in the City defence.
Potential City line-up:
DF: Boyata, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy
MF: Navas, Milner, Yaya, Lampard, Sinclair
The Owls are currently 6th in th Championship, and are undefeated on foreign soil so far this season, including a strong 1-0 win against Burnley in the previous round of the Capital One Cup.
Keep an eye up for top scorer and top assist man Atdhe Nuhiu (no 9), who has 6 goals and 4 assists so far this season. Also former City Elite Development Squad player Jeremy Hélan is relishing the chance to play against his former team. Hélan was connected with City between 2009 and 2013, and his only game for the blues came in the Capital One Cup loss to Aston Villa two years ago on Sep 25th.
- Manchester City – Sheffield W 2-1 (FAC 3rd Round) 2007-01-16
- Manchester City – Sheffield W 4-0 (Div 1) 2002-02-27 [Report Newsletter-790]
- Manchester City – Sheffield W 1-0 (PL) 1996-04-13 [Report Newsletter-185]
- Manchester City – Sheffield W 3-2 (PL) 1995-03-18 [Report Newsletter-65]
- Manchester City – Sheffield W 1-3 (PL) 1993-11-27