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Garde's watching brief

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Garde's watching brief

Rémi Garde made the most of the free weekend to take a look at several senior players and young lions in a behind-closed doors match at Bodymoor Heath.

The manager mixed teams on Friday as he observed players coming back from injury, those who haven't featured recently as well as several young lions eager to put on a show.

Garde rested his whole back five - Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Jores Okore, Joleon Lescott and Aly Cissokho - for the encounter.

Strikers Libor Kozak, Gabby Agbonlahor and Rudy Gestede also took no part in the match.

Keinan Davis and Scott Sinclair led the line for the more senior of the sides, with Leandro Bacuna and Jordan Ayew playing for the more youthful XI.

Garde watched the 90 minutes as he looks ahead now to Saturday's 3pm clash with Stoke City.

By @AVFCOfficial 22nd February 2016