Toure omit­ted from City Cham­pi­ons League squad

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OUT-OF-FAVOUR Cte d’Ivoire mid­fielder Yaya Toure will play no part in Manch­ester City’s Cham­pi­ons League group stage matches af­ter be­ing left out of the squad named yes­ter­day.

The 33-year-old’s sole ap­pear­ance for City this sea­son has been in the 1-0 vic­tory over Ro­ma­nian out­fit Steaua Bucharest in the sec­ond leg of the Cham­pi­ons League play-offs.

How­ever, man­ager Pep Guardi­ola, who coached him at Barcelona and where Toure won the Cham­pi­ons League, two league ti­tles and a Span­ish Cup, has deemed him sur­plus to re­quire­ments for the group stage.

City could not in­clude more than 17 non­home­grown play­ers in their Cham­pi­ons League squad and Guardi­ola still has 18 at his dis­posal, de­spite four for­eign in­ter­na­tion­als, French­men Samir Nasri and Eli­aquim Man­gala among them, leav­ing be­fore Wed­nes­day’s trans­fer dead­line.

Teams can name up to 25 play­ers in their Cham­pi­ons League squad but City’s lack of home­grown play­ers meant they were only per­mit­ted to name a squad of 21.

City have been drawn in Group C with Barcelona, Ger­man side Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach and Scot­tish cham­pi­ons Celtic. — AFP

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