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Team News: City v Sheffield United

19 January 2018

Ivo Pinto is available for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield United after being forced off against Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup.

Pinto went down with cramp at Stamford Bride in extra-time and was replaced, but Daniel Farke told the press on Friday lunchtime that he has recovered.

“Ivo has the most minutes of outfield players,” Farke said. “He’s played each and every minute recently, including in tough periods when we had many games every week.

“He was tired after Chelsea, but he’s recreated well in the last two days and he’s available for the match against Sheffield United.”

Tom Trybull missed the win over Bristol City and the trip to Stamford Bridge with a back injury, and Farke provided an update on his fitness.

“Tom won’t be available for tomorrow,” he said. “We hope that we’ll perhaps have him back for next weekend against Brentford, but we’ll see.

“He’ll start with running on Saturday at Colney and we’ll see how he develops over the week.”

With City pushing Chelsea all of the way at the Bridge, Farke admits there were tired legs on the way back to Norfolk but expects his players to be fully recharged for Saturday.

“There was a lot of load against Chelsea, so the players were understandably really tired.

“We’ve been smart with the load in the last two days to help them recover and they will be fit again for tomorrow. Mario Vrancic had swollen feet, but he’ll be fine and there are no new injuries.”

New signing Marcus Edwards won’t be involved due to a very minor back problem. “He came with some back problems,” Farke said. “He trained with us, but he’s not 100% comfortable because of his back. I was thinking of bringing him into the squad, but because he’s not 100% comfortable we won’t involve him.

“Without a midweek game for a while we have time to make sure he’s at 100% before bringing him into the squad.”

Farke also gave a positive update on long-term injury absentee Matt Jarvis.

“Matt Jarvis is looking pretty good,” Farke said. “I’ve been told he’s close to returning to team training, perhaps in two weeks. He’s been away for a long time, so having him back it will feel like a new addition.

“It’s looking good at the moment but we’ll have to see how his body responds. He was with us for one or two weeks in pre-season and he showed he was a smart, technical player and fitted our way of playing. We’ll be really happy if he can return, but we have to be really careful because he’s been away for such a long time.”

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