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Press Conference

Team news: City v Chelsea

5 January 2018

Harrison Reed and Marco Stiepermann will miss the visit of Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup after failing to recover from their injuries in time.

Midfielder Reed was forced off early in the 0-0 draw at Burton Albion due to a hip problem, while Stiepermann picked up a groin injury following the defeat to Brentford.

“Marco will return properly on Thursday or Friday next week so it’s too early for tomorrow,” Daniel Farke said at Friday’s press conference. “He’s recovering well, and we hope he’ll be involved in team training at the end of next week.

“Harrison is not available for tomorrow. He still feels some pain in his hip and isn’t there at 100% yet sadly, so we will have to do without him.”

Farke admits he is considering changes to City’s starting XI, but will be putting out a strong squad. “It’s a fifth game in 14 days so you have to be careful with the load,” he said. “We’ve had a few days to recreate, and we have several options. We’re thinking of rotating a bit, but not in too many positions because we’ve had a few days to recreate.

“We won’t risk a player if their physical condition isn’t great. But we want to be there with a strong squad and to be competitive.

“I believe in going deep into the competition and we want to try and win each and every game, and we want to have a strong squad for every game. We can play the game in a relaxed atmosphere because we have a lot of time to recreate for the Bristol game.”

The match has come too soon for centre-back Sean Raggett, who has returned to City following the end of his loan spell with Lincoln City. “Sean has trained with us for two days. I was really thinking about choosing him for the squad but we will do without him because it’s just a little bit too early; we want him to learn a bit more about how we play.

“Our centre-backs are also all in good shape, so there’s no need to rush it. Sean’s an important part of my plans – I would like to work with him in the next two or three weeks to get a feeling about how soon he can adapt to the Championship level.”

Longer-term absentees Matt Jarvis and Louis Thompson both remain sidelined.

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