Toure out for two weeks

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Manch­ester City mid­fielder Yaya Toure has been ruled out of ac­tion for at least ten days, mean­ing he will miss at least three of his club’s next fix­tures in the Pre­mier League.

The Ivo­rian picked up a mus­cle in­jury in his side’s 3-2 loss to Liver­pool on the weekend, and was taken off just 19 min­utes into the game.

Speak­ing ahead of City’s fix­ture against Sun­der­land on Wed­nes­day, coach Manuel Pel­le­grini con­firmed his star player will be side­lined for up to two weeks.

“Yaya has a mus­cle in­jury – we’ll see with the doc­tor how many days,” the Chilean tac­ti­cian told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“Maybe it’s not so bad as we thought at the be­gin­ning but he needs at least ten days or two weeks to re­cover.”

The Cit­i­zens lie in third place on the log, trail­ing Liver­pool by seven points with two games in hand, and Pel­le­grini knows the tough task his team faces in the run-in to the end of the sea­son.

“The team knows per­fectly what they have to do - we still have six more games and we will fight to the end for the ti­tle,” Pel­le­grini said.

“If we don’t do it, it’s be­cause Liver­pool have won their four games, I don’t think any­thing changed on Sun­day.

“We must win our games, we can’t do any­thing about other teams. We know ex­actly what we have to do – we start [on Wed­nes­day], hop­ing to win one of the post­poned games.

“We’ve had a good sea­son so far and we hope we fin­ish in the same way.”

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