Updates from Sunday, April 27
Manchester City confirms Yaya Toure is fit to play today:
Updates from Friday, April 25
Yaya Toure could make a dramatic return for Manchester City when they travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Manuel Pellegrini listed the players who are injured for the trip, but did not name Toure among them. City's official noted:
PELLEGRINI: "Silva, Navas and Nastasic are all out with injuries – all the other players are fit. I don't know how much longer for Silva."— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) April 25, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 18
Yaya Toure remains a major injury concern for Manchester City, according to boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Toure appears to have no chance of facing West Brom on Monday, and Pellegrini confessed his knee problem is serious:
PELLEGRINI ON TOURE: Yaya is improving but it is a massive injury so it is difficult for him to be back so soon.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) April 18, 2014
PELLEGRINI ON INJURIES: We continue with the same situation with Yaya, Silva and Navas. The three of them are injured for the moment.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) April 18, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Yaya Toure should play again this season after Manuel Pellegrini revealed his knee injury is not as bad as first feared.
Manchester City's official Twitter reported:
PELLEGRINI ON YAYA: Maybe it’s not as bad as we thought at the beginning but he needs at least ten days or two weeks to recover.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) April 15, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 14
Yaya Toure updated fans on his condition via his Twitter account:
Thank you for all the support! I am still waiting for the diagnosis... hoping to be back on the field soon!— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) April 14, 2014
Manchester City's hopes of winning this season's Premier League title have suffered a setback after Yaya Toure was forced off just 20 minutes into his side's top-of-the-table clash against Liverpool on Sunday.
BBC Sport confirm the injury, which appeared to affect the midfielder most when attempted a shot at goal just prior to his substitution:
Following the match, Richard Keys provided a synopsis of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini discussing Toure's injury:
Manuel Pelligrini tells BeIN Sports he doesn't expect Yaya Toure to play again this season.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) April 13, 2014
This weekend's Anfield clash was being billed as a potential title decider, with the Reds going into the fixture four points ahead of third-place City, albeit having played two games more.
Speaking to the Daily Mail (h/t Goal.com's Sacha Pisani), Toure gave his thoughts on what the clutch fixture meant for both teams:
The game will be very important. We know how difficult it will be [in the remaining games of the season] against teams fighting relegation but the important thing is going to Liverpool and trying to get a good result.
After that we have to continue to perform because if we want to win the league we have to win all games.
ESPN's Paul Carr points out just how essential a figure Toure has been under Pellegrini during the Chilean's maiden campaign at the helm of the English giants:
Yaya Toure off with an injury. He leads Man City with 18 PL goals this season (6 penalties, 4 free kicks).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) April 13, 2014
If City are to maintain any challenge on Liverpool's race for the league crown, the Citizens must pray that Toure's injury isn't a serious one, lest they be left without his talents for the remaining six games on their schedule.
At the time of his departure, Liverpool were leading Manchester City 1-0, leading BBC broadcaster Brian Moore to believe there was an air of inevitability about the result.
Liverpool 1 - 0 up and Yaya Toure limps off - all points to one conclusion at the moment.— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) April 13, 2014
Playing alongside Fernandinho for the majority of this campaign, the pair have formed a stable core in the side's engine room, well-rounded in both a defensive and attacking regard.
Should the Ivorian have to sit out more than a week on the sidelines, Pellegrini will be looking to the likes of Javi Garcia—who replaced Toure on Sunday—for support in the middle of the park, as well as James Milner.