Yaya saddened by Kolo absence

BY foxsports • May 13, 2011

One of Toure's prime motivations for quitting Barcelona for Manchester City last summer was the chance to win trophies with his elder sibling. It is something they talked about as children growing up in the Ivory Coast and given the squad City have put together thanks to the largesse of owner Sheikh Mansour, there was a real belief those childhood aims could be realised. But Kolo's career is currently on hold. Suspended pending a hearing into a failed drugs test, he will only be able to watch from the stands on Saturday as City bid to end their 35-year trophy drought by beating Stoke at Wembley. Yaya knows how difficult the occasion is going to be. And he is certain the only way of easing the pain will be to have a winners' medal to show off at the end. "There will be sadness," he said. "Before I signed for City I told my brother I wanted to come to England to play with him, and to win something together. "That won't happen tomorrow, which means it will be a hard moment for him, and for me as well. "We have spoken about the best way of getting round the problem and decided it is by winning the cup. "He is supporting me and if we win, it will be for him as well." The pair will speak before the game, as they did ahead of the semi-final with Manchester United last month, when Toure turned out to be City's matchwinner. He dedicated that goal to Kolo, which only strengthened the bond between them. "My brother is very important for me. We joke a lot together and speak all the time," said Yaya. "Our family is very proud of us both. "He is a typical sportsman and wants to be on the field with his team-mates. But life is like that - we can all make mistakes. "He is a very strong guy and I know he can walk away from all this."

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