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Team News: Brentford v City

26 January 2018

Ivo Pinto will miss Saturday’s match against Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship after suffering a knee injury.

City’s captain hurt his knee while getting out of his car, but Daniel Farke says he is likely to miss just one game.

“His knee is swollen,” the City boss told the press on Friday lunchtime. “We were really concerned, but the doctors say he is available for next week. He’s had a heavy load and hasn’t had any problems, but unfortunately he injured himself leaving his car.

“We know we are a bit weak in our depth in the right full-back position, but we have players who have played there before – Tom Trybull, Alex Tettey, Harrison Reed, Marley Watkins.”

Farke said Wes Hoolahan will also miss the game, and there is also a doubt over Mario Vrancic, but Trybull has returned to training after missing City’s last three games.

“Trybull is much improved and returned to team training on Wednesday,” Farke said. “Perhaps it’s a bit too early for the starting line-up, but he can be involved.

“Vrancic has a deep cut on his leg after getting hit in training, so we’ve had to do without him for two days. So we have to decide whether to take a risk with Mario, or to bring Tom back in.

“We have some problems with Wes Hoolahan, who had some pain in his back, and it’s too risky for him to be part of the squad.”

Farke is hoping to have all three of this week’s new signings available for City’s match, but the Club is waiting for Dennis Srbeny’s registration to be approved in time.

“For Onel Hernandez and Moritz Leitner everything is done with their registration so they are allowed to play,” Farke told the press on Friday lunchtime. “We are waiting for the final confirmation for Dennis for him to be available for Saturday.

“It’s a little doubtful, but we’re confident it should be OK – we have to wait on the FA and the German FA.

“Today was the first proper session today with all of the lads, but we will decide on an individual basis whether they will be in the squad. Moritz is experienced so shouldn’t need so long to adapt to a new club.

“But we will speak to the physios and the sports scientists to get a bigger picture.

“They’re out of the mid-season break in Germany and have played games, so they’re in a good shape. All three could be involved in the squad for Saturday hopefully, but we’ll see.”

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