Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he has a depleted squad for Wednesday’s League Cup semifinal at Manchester United because of the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Etihad club.

Teams can name nine substitutes on bench in the League Cup semis and final after the EFL approved five substitutions per game. However, City had six players unavailable due to positive tests in its 3-1 Premier League win at Chelsea last weekend.

City’s game at Everton last week was also postponed due to several positive cases in their camp, with the Manchester club joining Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Fulham among those who have suffered virus outbreaks in the top flight.

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“We don’t have many players,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “To play one, two games is okay, but if sustained for a long time – and you can use just…

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