Man City boss Mancini to give youngsters FA Cup chance
Mancini is keen to protect some of his senior players ahead of next week's Carling Cup semifinal against Manchester United.
"We do not have a very big squad so one or two young players who have been training with the first team might have to play," said Mancini.
"I know Middlesbrough will be a tough side to play on their own pitch and will see the tie as one where they can relax and try to take the scalp of a Premier League team.
"We don't want that to happen; we want to make progress because we know that by the time we reach the fourth round, a lot of our players will be back from injury."