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Leicester v City: Taylor on team news

Georgia Stanway will be back in contention for Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League trip to Leicester.

The forward has missed City’s last three games due to suspension, having been sent off in the 2-2 Manchester Derby draw against Manchester United.

Previewing this weekend’s visit to the King Power Stadium, Head Coach Gareth Taylor confirmed the 22-year-old had served her ban and could feature.

“We’re of the understanding her ban is done so she’s back for the weekend,” he said.

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“It's been difficult. Georgia is one of those rare players we have who can play in a few positions.

“When you lose the opportunity to have someone like that, it’s a blow.

“We’ve managed to get through that period but really pleased to get her back now.”

Taylor also shared an update on Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, who was sidelined in Thursday night’s Continental Cup win over Durham with a foot injury, admitting her involvement in Sunday’s encounter is still to be determined.

“She wasn’t able to get past the warm-up in training [on Wednesday],” he explained.

“We decided to give her 24 hours but she was unlikely to make it. We waited until 1pm and it was confirmed it was too painful and that there was a bit of swelling.

“She’s potentially touch-and-go for Sunday. We’ll have to see how the next few days go.”

City have already defeated Leicester once this season – a 6-0 triumph in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals.

However, Taylor says he expects a different contest against last season’s Championship title-winners.

“It was 0-0 at half-time,” he recalled, “and then we won the game 6-0.

“We spoke about believing in what we do, sticking to the process, and we upped the tempo in the second half and scored six goals.

“It’s always about whether we’re fluid in attack to score goals. Any team who wants to be successful has to score.

“We have to make sure we’re capitalising on good play, finishing off the final actions.

“Let’s build some momentum. We go to a decent venue in the King Power Stadium facing Leicester – a team who came up from the Championship and a decent opponent, who fought really hard to get up.

“I’ve had good conversations with Jonathan [Morgan]. They did really well last season and we played them in last season’s FA Cup quarter-final, complimenting each other after the game.

“Then I saw him a few times at pre-season games and we had conversations around how things were going. Emile Heskey is there as an assistant, helping with the women’s set-up, so they have a good couple of guys who are passionate about wanting to do well and I’m sure they’ll achieve it.

“They’ve been unfortunate not to put points on the board but I don't think they're a million miles off the level required to stay in the league. I’m sure they’ll achieve that.

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“These games often decided on scoring early on – it settles nerves and probably enables you to go on win comfortably. The longer it remains a tight scoreline, the energy levels go up.

“They’ve been unfortunate against Chelsea and other teams when they’re in it for long periods. Sometimes, you need a bit of luck to go your way.

“We really respect them as the team they are and what they're trying to achieve but it has to be about us - that we execute the objective of the game: to win and put in a good performance.

“We want to continue and use Thursday’s win, capitalise on it and use the momentum.”

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