Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge for an FA Cup fifth-round tie against a resurgent Chelsea who have only lost one game since the appointment of Guus Hiddink.
The Citizens are suffering from a number of first-team casualties and come off two consecutive losses against Leicester and Tottenham, but will look to bounce back against the Blues this weekend.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed on the club’s official website that a number of youngsters will get a chance to impress against the defending Premier League champions after an injury crisis which has left them with only 13 fit senior squad members.
“Sagna worked today after ten days out, Mangala is injured – Nasri, De Bruyne and Bony are also out, Bony has started working on the pitch these last two days. He needs at least one week more,” Pellegrini said.
“We have just 13 players available to play – we have to play Champions League on Wednesday – we’ll see the best team we can play on Sunday.”
The west Londoners, meanwhile, are aiming to reach their 33rd FA Cup quarter-final with a win over City.
John Terry will definitely not feature for the hosts after he was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Terry’s natural replacement Kurt Zouma has also been ruled out for the season, so a debut for new signing Matt Miazga looks likely after being named on the bench during their midweek 2-1 loss to PSG in the Champions League.
“Miazga is close,” Hiddink confirmed. “We are doing some tests but he should be fit. What will the weekend bring? It’s too early to say.”