Mancini expects to lose Yaya
Roberto Mancini expects key midfielder Yaya Toure to leave
Manchester City for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in
The City manager had wanted to retain Toure’s services during
the early part of 2013 but has confirmed the midfielder is keen to
compete in the tournament.
Toure is expected to join up with the Ivory Coast squad
following the Premier League club’s third round FA Cup tie on
Mancini said: “I think he will go to the African Nations Cup
after the Watford game.”
Toure was involved in the 2012 competition when the Ivory Coast
reached the final before losing to Zambia on penalties. Next year’s
competition runs from January 19 to February 10.
Meanwhile, Mancini believes skipper Vincent Kompany has only a
‘two per cent’ chance of being fit for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle
after he suffered a groin injury against Manchester United last
And while City will give the Belgium international every chance
of making the trip to St James’ Park, Mancini doesn’t expect him to
“We will try but it is difficult,” said Mancini. “Probably two
per cent chance.”
City head to the North-East six points adrift of United
following last weekend’s game at the Etihad Stadium.
Yet despite that 3-2 defeat, Mancini insists he has total belief
in his squad, and that City actually proved themselves to be the
superior side no matter what the result.
“We showed that we were better than Manchester United,” said
Mancini. “But they have more experience than us and it is not a
problem to them when they fall behind.
“We need to work hard but we can recover this position. By
February everything could have changed.”
And the Blues boss also played down talk of nets being required
to preserve player safety after Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin as
United celebrated Robin van Persie’s injury-time winner.
“Football here is beautiful,” said Mancini. “People here are
very close to the players. I am very sorry for what happened in the
derby. I hope it won’t happen again. But football is better without
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