Pep Guardiola has apologised to record signing Riyad Mahrez for his lack of opportunities at Manchester City.
The £60 million summer arrival from Leicester has started only 10 Premier League matches this season – and none since the turn of the year.
He is likely to get a chance against League Two minnows today with Guardiola poised to make a few changes.
But the Etihad chief says right now the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva are playing too well for him to leave them out.
But asked why he has not featured more regularly in his starting XI, Guardiola said: “I am the reason. He is not absolutely guilty or he doesn’t feel any special reason why. I am sad because he is training incredibly.
He is an incredibly talented player but in that moment we have five strikers.
“For example the last games Leroy Sane hasn’t played. We have incredible players, like for example Bernardo and Raz in top, top form.
“That is the only reason why. There’s no particular reason, like being upset or something like that.
“He is a guy we are happy with, but unfortunately I am not kind with him, in the fact I cannot give him the minutes he deserves.