Pardew prepared for 'outstanding' City

ALAN Pardew will assess his options from a squad carrying 'a few knocks' ahead of Wednesday's trip to face an 'outstanding' Manchester City side.

Albion lock horns with City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday (ko 8pm), still sporting battle scars from last weekend's famous FA Cup victory at Liverpool.

"We've got a few knocks so we're still recovering a little bit from the Liverpool win," admits Alan. "But we have this huge game, difficult game to get through.

"There has been a much bouncier feel to the squad as you can imagine. It's been there a while but it was nice to reinforce it. Forget the result, it was nice to come out with a strong performance to carry the momentum that we've been gaining. To come out with even more momentum having won the game was a bonus."

The Baggies hit three goals infront of the Kop and could, on another day, have scored more in an enthralling tie at Anfield. But the price of being in the hat for round five, which saw Alan's troops draw Southampton, is a growing list of injury concerns.

But the Baggies boss decided to keep the finer details close to his chest, not wanting to "strenghten the hand" of an "outstanding" Manchester City outfit.

"I'm not going to give too much away today because I don't want to strengthen Man City's hand - or even Southampton's for the weekend. We've got a few problems but we've got a strong squad and obviously we've added to it this week. Ali [Gabr] won't be involved because we won't get a work permit in time but Daniel [Sturridge] will travel.

"Man City have been outstanding, a team that's a joy to watch, really. But not if you're the opposition manager. That part of it I won't enjoy. Watching them as a pundit you have to admire them. Brilliant."

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