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City v Birmingham: Taylor on team news

City's FA Women’s Super League visit of Birmingham will come too soon for Vicky Losada and Jess Park.

The pair are pushing for returns before the end of the season, having been sidelined since February and April respectively.

However, Gareth Taylor has confirmed they will not be in contention for our final home game of the 2021/22 campaign, while the Head Coach has no new injury concerns for Wednesday night's clash.

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“At the moment, there are no knocks,” he said. “There were a couple of little things we had to manage, given the quick turnaround.

“The players are in good shape. It’s very similar to what we had at the weekend.

Vicky Losada and Jess Park will take part in some part of training on Tuesday evening. This game is too close for them but they’re moving in the right direction, which is helpful.

“Confidence is really good. There’s high belief in what we’re trying to achieve. Everyone’s really contributing – whether they play or don’t play; start or don’t start.

“It’s a good situation for us to be in: everybody’s contributing, we’ve got different types of wingers and strikers… We look for symmetry and cohesion and it’s great for a manager to have those options.

“We didn’t have that earlier in the season. As long as everyone is competing, giving their best with their best attitude to help the team, that’s the most important thing.”

City host bottom-placed Birmingham, who are fighting for top-flight survival with the Midlands side having improved their fortunes since the turn of the year with victories over Arsenal and Brighton, while Darren Carter’s side also pushed Chelsea to the wire at the weekend.

Taylor’s side edged an entertaining reverse fixture at St Andrew's back in December, as Ellen White struck against her former Club to snatch all three points in a five-goal thriller, and the Head Coach warned of the threat of facing a side with nothing to lose.

“I think it probably provides them with the opportunity to have the shackles off and go for it but who knows?” he said.

“It’s hard to predict. When we played them in December, it was a high energy game – they really came out. Maybe it will be similar to that.

“I've been fortunate enough to come across Darren. It was his first game against us in December and he took over in difficult circumstances.

“You get a team who are playing for their manager, playing for their futures. Hopefully, there’s a bigger picture there in regards to keeping him there.

“If they can, it would be great because you can see the difference in the second half of the season.”

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