Clichy feeling strong ahead of Everton test

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy is looking to get some minutes under his belt in their League Cup semi-final against Everton.

City take on the Toffees at Goodison Park on Wednesday, when the France international will be hoping to move on from the medial ligament injury that has blighted his season so far.

"Now I feel a lot stronger," he told the club's official website. "I'm just waiting for my chance to get a run of games under my belt because obviously the more you play, the sharper you get."

The semi-final first leg is one of three times that City will play the Toffees over the coming weeks, as they also meet in the Premier League next Wednesday before the second leg of their cup clash a fortnight later.

"Now we face Everton three times in three weeks and we're up against a side who have amazing quality all over the pitch and we know we are going to have three difficult games and the more players we have available for those matches the better," Clichy added.

"We are playing three games a week which is very demanding and this is why we need as many players as possible. Everton is always a difficult place to go. Like Stoke, Everton were always a hard-working team, concentrating on set-pieces and you knew you were in for a tough 90 minutes.

"Now, they have great quality throughout the team as well so it's not just a battle anymore, it's a battle plus quality. At Goodison Park, with their fans behind them – some of the best in the country I believe – we're in for a tough game on Merseyside and two hard games at the Etihad."