Yaya Toure misses Ivory Coast practice three days before opener

Yaya Toure gestures during Ivory Coast's friendly against Sweden in Abu Dhabi.  


Yaya Toure sat out practice Saturday, three days before the Ivory Coast plays its opening match at the African Cup of Nations.

The four-time African player of the year stretched on the side as his teammates practiced at a small stadium in Malabo.

The Ivory Coast opens play in Group D on Tuesday against Guinea at Estadio de Malabo. Mali will face Cameroon later that night.

Toure, who plays for Manchester City, is a key player for both his country and his Premier League club. He won his record-equaling fourth African player of the year award this year, putting him level with Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o.