Roberto Mancini frustrated by Man City’s lack of squad depth

Manchester City boss is without captain Vincent Kompany and five other players for the Carling Cup tie against Liverpool

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Roberto Mancini's side suffered a 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday PA Photos

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Roberto Mancini has bemoaned Manchester City’s lack of squad depth as the Italian prepares to field a weakened side for their Carling Cup semi-final clash against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

City are without Kolo and Yaya Touré, who have joined up with Ivory Coast for the Africa Cup of Nations, while strikers Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko are both struggling with injuries.

Gareth Barry is suspended following his dismissal against Liverpool in the Premier League last week, and City lost their appeal against captain Vincent Kompany’s sending off in their FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.

“All the people think we have a lot of players,” said Mancini. “But we have 19, plus keepers. It is not a big squad.

“If we are unlucky and we have three or four players injured, like at this moment, we can have a problem. The club knows this.”

Despite his current selection crisis, Mancini does not expect City to delve into the winter transfer market, instead hinting he could turn to youth such as 17-year-old Dutch defender Karim Rekik.

“I said four weeks ago that December and January would be crucial months,” he said. “Until three weeks ago we didn’t have any injuries. Now, we have a problem.

“We have players injured and others who went to the African Nations Cup at a crucial moment. I am not happy about this but we can’t do anything about it. If we don’t get the players back we will play with the young players. If we don’t have a central defender we will play with [Karim] Rekik.”

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