FA Cup: Huddersfield Town keeping rotation policy despite impending arrival of Manchester City

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner
Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner
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DAVID WAGNER plans to stick with Huddersfield Town's rotation policy for the FA Cup fifth round glamour tie with Manchester City.

The Terriers host the Premier League giants at a sold out John Smith's Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Wagner is without Aaron Mooy under the terms of his loan switch from the Etihad Stadium, while Jonathan Hogg (groin), Harry Bunn (hamstring) and Sean Scannell (ankle) are all out.

Michael Hefele and Chris Schindler are also doubts after missing training on Thursday, complaining of feeling stiff following Tuesday night's derby win at Rotherham United.

"We will rest a few but we rested a few last Tuesday as well," said Wagner when asked about his possible starting XI against Pep Guardiola's men.

"It will be the same against Reading (next Tuesday). We have been doing this for ten weeks.

"This is only a small squad and we want to be successful. Never change something that works. And we have no other option because we don’t have more players."

Asked whether Saturday's Cup tie or the following Tuesday's clash with promotion rivals Reading was the most important, Wagner replied: "I would like both. Does that sound too hungry?"

Town will start as major underdogs against the Blues, who sit second in the Premier League following Monday night's win at Bournemouth. Wagner, though, insists his side will not alter the approach that has served them so well in the leaguer this season.

"Part of our idea is to stick with the identity we have created," he added. "We will not change the idea of the game because of the opponent, even if it is Manchester City.

"There will be slight differences in the game but how we like to play will not change. When you trust and believe in what you are doing, it makes no sense to change.

"The players have created this and delivered in the past."