Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toure Is 'Still Vital' to City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toure Is 'Still Vital' to City

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PEP Guardiola insists Yaya Toure still has a major part to play for City this season - but refused to confirm if he will be recalled for today's game against Watford.

Toure, who wasn't seen with the rest of the squad as they flew out to Watford last night, has been omitted from City's last two match day squads and didn't travel to Rotterdam for Wednesday's Champions League win against Feyenoord.

Guardiola mysteriously claimed the Ivorian knew the 'reasons why' he'd been frozen out - raising fresh doubts about his future.

But the City manager is adamant Toure remains an important part of his plans.

"We need him," he said. "I need him and the team needs him. He was so important last season. He'll be so important this season. …

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