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