How to modified wp_trim_words to include html tags

// Custom Excerpt
function custom_trim_words( $text, $num_words = 55, $more = null ) {
    if ( null === $more )
        $more = __( '…' );
    $original_text = $text;
    $text = strip_shortcodes( $text );
    // Add tags that you don't want stripped
    $text = strip_tags( $text, '<strong>, <b>, <em>, <i>' );
    if ( 'characters' == _x( 'words', 'word count: words or characters?' ) && preg_match( '/^utf\-?8$/i', get_option( 'blog_charset' ) ) ) {
        $text = trim( preg_replace( "/[\n\r\t ]+/", ' ', $text ), ' ' );
        preg_match_all( '/./u', $text, $words_array );
        $words_array = array_slice( $words_array[0], 0, $num_words + 1 );
        $sep = '';
    } else {
        $words_array = preg_split( "/[\n\r\t ]+/", $text, $num_words + 1, PREG_SPLIT_NO_EMPTY );
        $sep = ' ';
    }
    if ( count( $words_array ) > $num_words ) {
        array_pop( $words_array );
        $text = implode( $sep, $words_array );
        $text = $text . $more;
    } else {
        $text = implode( $sep, $words_array );
    }
    return apply_filters( 'custom_trim_words', $text, $num_words, $more, $original_text );
}