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Manchester City boss Mark Hughes accepts his club have become the 'victims of circumstance' as he prepares for four games in eight days at the end of August.

City have been told that they must play their Carling Cup second round tie as scheduled and Hughes is expecting a gruelling fixture schedule to prove a difficult task.

Eight clubs involved in Europe are automatically given a bye into the third round of the Carling Cup, but as City became the ninth team to qualify after landing a Uefa Fair Play prize, they must enter at the second round stage.

Because City are involved in Europe, they cannot reschedule the Carling Cup game and they have less space in which to play the match because their preceding Premier League fixture, against West Ham, has been pushed back to 24th August.
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City will be in Carling Cup action two days after that, then head to Denmark for the second leg of their Uefa Cup qualifying round duel with FC Midtjylland on 28th August, before finishing their schedule 72 hours later at Sunderland.

"Ideally you would like a clear week," Hughes told the Manchester Evening News.

"We are an English club trying to win a European trophy to show the Premier League in a good light but unfortunately we have become the victims of circumstance.

"We have been told we have to play in the second round and the dates are non-negotiable.

"The consequences of that are we will have to play four games in a week, which is a big ask for anyone."
 

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Yeah I saw that. We'll just have to play a B team in the Carling Cup. Some first teamers can play still. It depends on who we've got in the Carling Cup. A Division 2 or 3 side are beatable with a half-strength team. We could do something like this:

----------------Schmeichel
Onuoha------Ben Haim---Richards---Garrido
Etuhu-------Hamann----Elano------Castillo
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4 games in 8 days is nothing. I mean if it was just one match in a week, wouldn't the footballers have to exercise everyday anyway?
 

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I think its that injuries picked up once a week in football can be exacerbated by playing so many games in a row. You can miss training, but they may have to miss an entire game.
 
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