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Press Conference

Team News: City v Stevenage

14 August 2018

Daniel Farke revealed there are no new injury concerns ahead of City’s Carabao Cup tie with Stevenage on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Jamal Lewis has returned to training following a dead leg, but Emi Buendia won’t be involved as his wife is due to give birth.

“Jamal was able to train for the first time yesterday after his dead leg,” Farke told the media at Monday’s press conference. “He got a slight hit against it again so I hope it's ok. He missed most of pre-season and only returned to training a week before he got his dead leg, so we won’t risk him for 90 minutes, but we could have him in the squad.

“Emi won't be involved tomorrow as his wife is due to give birth today in Spain, and it's important he is there for that. He will return early next week hopefully, but we will speak after tonight's game. We wish him and his family all of the best!”

Farke admitted he will make changes to the side as City face four matches in 12 days, and confirmed that Michael McGovern will start in goal.

“Tim Krul is so experienced. He's played for the Netherlands and at a World Cup - he knows how to handle the kind of mistake he made on Saturday. He knows it wasn't his best game but he's experienced and we won't risk him, so Michael McGovern will play tomorrow.”

Farke believes this season’s squad affords him the opportunity to rotate the line-up for cup matches, and he’s keen to give players a chance to impress.

“I didn’t like to change too much last season between games in order not to lose the rhythm but I think we will change a bit more this season for cup games.

“I think we have more depth in the squad this season, with more quality overall, and that helps us to makes changes. We also have to keep in mind that some players started the season without much pre-season, so we have to be careful with them – players like Grant Hanley, Ivo Pinto, Tim Krul and Alex Tettey. We need to be smart with these players with such a load.

“We also have many talented young players in the squad, and we want to develop these players. You can’t just talk about them being the future and full of potential, you have to play them. So there will certainly be changes tomorrow.”

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