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Rag Cup Nemesis To Stick Around For Cup Clashes?

YaYa Touré, outstanding for Manchester City in the rout of Norwich has a strong chance of making the FA Cup derby ahead of international duty with the Ivory Coast...

The giant midfielder, who covered 6.6 miles of grass, completed 124 passes (a new Premier League record) and scored a fine goal against the hapless Canaries would be a key component in the dismantling of the rags midfield. Meanwhile his vastly experienced brother Kolo who is starting to realise more game time has an important role to play in Roberto Mancini's defensive options.

The 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea between 21st January and 12th February next year.

On paper this means the Touré brothers would be available to not only face the dirty reds, but also to play a part in the League Cup Semi-Final first leg encounter with Liverpool.

The big question is, how early will Ivory Coast coach François Zahoui want The Blues Brothers to join Les Éléphants?

Their first game is on the 22nd January against Sudan.

all times East Manchester

We 07 Dec 19:45 Bayern, The Etihad, CL
Mo 12 Dec 20:00 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, PL
Su 18 Dec 16:10 Arsenal, The Etihad, PL
We 21 Dec 19:45 Stoke, The Etihad, PL
Mo 26 Dec 15:00 West Brom, The Hawthorns, PL
Su 1 Jan 15:00 Sunderland, Stadium of L, PL
Tu 3 Jan 20:00 Liverpool, The Etihad, PL
Sa/Su 7/8 Jan TBC City v Rags, The Etihad, FAC3
We 11 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, The Etihad, LCSF1
Mo 16 Jan 20:00 Wigan, JD Stadium, PL
Su 22 Jan 13:30 Spurs, The Etihad, PL
We 25 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, Anfield, PL

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 4 2011

Time: 4:06PM

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African players usually leave 2 weeks in advance of the ACN so Yaya should be available to play the Rags and possibly with a bit of persuasion the LC semi 1st leg against the scouse cheats.
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04/12/2011 18:11:00

THE CHAMPIONS are building the platform for the second half of the season where we will UNLEASH HELL
Nobby Allcock
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04/12/2011 18:16:00

Aw, come on Dub - they're scared enough as it is without finding out the beast will be playing!
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04/12/2011 18:40:00

Come on Nobby lets face it your mob are always talking about "history" and thats just what the rags are ....a fading page in the history books.
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04/12/2011 20:48:00

Great draw for the Blues - you can't ask for more than a home draw in a Cup game and i think we can beat anybody at the Etihad.
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05/12/2011 05:30:00

Looks like a few pathetic 1-0 victories over nobody opponents has given Nobby a chance to crawl out from under the rock he's been living under. What a sad life you must live. Go back to rooting for cheats and scoundrels and leave the football to us.
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05/12/2011 19:55:00

Possiblity of going out in the champions league this week .points slip at Chelsea next week . Could the moon be decending . A blip on the Horizon awaits .
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05/12/2011 22:30:00

I can see your knuckles going white, so tight is your grip on the straws you're clutching Nickster.
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05/12/2011 22:45:00

Speaking of possibilities Nickster, how does the possibility of U*d going out to the mighty Basle sit with you?
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06/12/2011 12:38:00


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