Khadija Shaw could make a welcome return to the match in Wednesday night’s Manchester Derby.
The Jamaican striker who scored the league match in October, has missed City’s last three games with a foot injury.
Gareth Taylor, however, confirmed that the 24-year-old is back in action to play in Leigh Sports Village in the Continental Cup group stage.
During a preview of the match, the head coach claimed the team is determined to return from Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League defeat to Chelsea, saying the players need no further motivation, especially for a Manchester Derby.
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“We’ve potentially got Bunny back for a period of time in the game, which helps,” he said mancity.com.
“There is no need for further incentive for these matches – a Derby is a Derby and of course we will succeed.
“It’s the second in Leigh Sports Village in a short time, although it’s a different competition than the league showdown, where we fought back well to play 2-2.
“We’re looking to get better this time to try to win the match. That’s definitely the goal.
“We understand that United will be in the situation where they also have to win, so it lends itself to a good match.”
Currently sitting at the top of Group B in the Northern Section and a win for City would see the triple winners of the Conti Cup take a big step towards progression to the knockout stages with one match yet to play: a visit in the middle of December in Leicester.
Eager to return to winning after this weekend’s WSL setback, Taylor also highlighted the importance of ensuring progression to the knockout stages as early as possible.
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“It’s a good opportunity for us to advance to the quarterfinals,” he continued.
“Conti Cup is a competition we take really seriously.
“With the format, there is guaranteed to be only one team going through from each group, so it’s important to try to get the business done early. Then you can configure the preparations for the next part.
“Of course, after Wednesday we still have a match against Leicester. There may be suggestions that a draw may be enough, but we always go out to win as many matches as we possibly can.
“At United, we have to play against a team that is also struggling to join – they want to win the battle to help their situation.
“We go with a game plan to try to win the match.”
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