Updates from Tuesday, June 11
Matt Spiro of Ligue1.com has the latest on Toure:
Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi says Yaya Toure 'finished the season injured and very affected'... and is a doubt for the opener vs Japan— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) June 10, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 14
Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi has confessed fears over the fitness of Yaya Toure, admitting he will need plenty of rest if he is to be at his best at the World Cup.
Lamouchi discussed Toure's hamstring issue—picked up on the final day of the Premier League season—saying the following, per Elliott Bretland of the Daily Mail:
He'll have to rest and recuperate. He didn't come off because he was tired, he was substituted because he had a small injury. It was due to fatigue.
We're hoping that it wasn't too serious. He'll need to get treatment. Yaya will need to recuperate from his long season, his busy season.
Manchester City won their second title in three years on Sunday, but while Yaya Toure had reason to celebrate, both he and the Ivory Coast national team also had reason for pause, as the star midfielder left the final game with an apparent groin injury.
Fox Soccer Trax shared the news:
SUB Yaya Toure off to rapturous applause for Negredo. (CITY) Doesn't want to, but he is clutching his left hamstring. 2-0— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) May 11, 2014
To say Toure had a brilliant season for the Premier League champs would be an understatement. This tweet alone from WhoScored.com paints a picture:
Yaya Touré: Has directly contributed to 29 goals in his 35 PL apps this season (scoring 20, assisting 9) #MCFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 11, 2014
To score 20 goals from a central-midfield role is absurd, and Toure also provided stability in front of the back four, marauding runs forward and timely passes to his teammates all season long. Luis Suarez was perhaps better this season for Liverpool, but it's hard to make an argument for any other players ahead of Toure this year.
Even opposing players thought Toure was the top player this season, such as Arsenal's Jack Wilshere:
All eyes will now turn to the health of Toure, as he is the most important player on a talented Ivory Coast squad heading into the World Cup. Without his steadying presence in midfield, it's hard to see the African Powers advancing out of a group that includes Colombia, Japan and Greece.
Hopefully, his injury is a minor one. The thought of not seeing Toure dominate in Brazil like he did in England this year is a disappointing one.