Under-23 squad to play in Community Shield

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City will play under 23 players when they face Leicester City in the Community Shield.

The match – which takes place every year between the winners of the Premier League and the FA Cup – will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7 August.

City have had a disrupted pre-season so far with almost all of their first team players competing at Euro 2020, the Copa America or in other international matches. According to Simon Bajkowski, Guardiola is worried about testing them in a semi-competitive match against the foxes and plans to use their development side.

He told internal media on Tuesday: “I know we do not have time because in 10 or 11 days we have Community Shield and we only have three players but we will play with the other team and we will try.”

City have only had one friend before the pre-season so far, against Preston North End on Tuesday. They are next in action on Saturday where they meet Barnsley. Guardiola went on to explain that the match will be crucial to get their accusations faster ahead of their Premier League curtain-raising against Tottenham on Sunday 15 August.

Some of those under 23 who can be handed playing time next Saturday include Liam Delap, Cole Palmer and Tommy Doyle, who have all been around the first team before.

Liam Delap and Tommy Doyle are among those likely to get the chance to impress / Visionhaus / Getty Images

City’s youngsters are in a tough match against Leicester, who will want to start the season strong. After missing the top four on the last day of the season for the second year in a row, they have taken in several impressive new signings.

High-ranked forward Patson Daka, midfielder Boubakary Soumare and former Southampton man Ryan Bertrand can all stand in line for starts.

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