Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Yaya Toure will miss the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday night (26 April) following the muscular injury he sustained during the 4-0 victory over Stoke City. Vincent Kompany, in better news, has said he is ready for a return to first-team action after being left out against the Potters as a precaution, having recently come back from a long-term spell on the sidelines.
Toure suffered a muscular injury in the final minutes of the Stoke game. However, with Pellegrini having already made three substitutions, the former Barcelona star stuck it out and complete the whole match.
Pellegrini said in his post-match presser that the midfielder would need a scan to check his availability for the game with Real Madrid. Now the Chilean has confirmed the blow after the Ivorian was unable to train with the rest of his teammates in Monday morning's final workout before the Champions League encounter.
"Yaya is going to be out, I think. He hasn't recovered from the muscle injury," Pellegrini confirmed in a press conference, while adding he is also a major doubt for the weekend encounter with Southampton.
"I don't think he will be fit for Sunday [against Southampton], we'll see how he improves during the week."
The manager has backed the duo of Fernando and Fernandinho to cope with the absence in the middle of the park, as they did when eliminating PAris Saint-Germain in the last round.
"Whenever the Brazilian boys have played together they've played some big games – against PSG and against Roma, when we knocked them out."
Toure is expected to be the only major absentee for Manchester City other than Samir Nasri, as the Frenchman was not included in the Champions League squad. Kompany will be ready to lead the backline after he was given a precautionary rest at the weekend.
Kompany said: "I'm 100% fit – everything went well and, as always, unfortunately when you're injured you have to work a lot harder than the rest and that's what I did,"
"People talk about my injuries, I talk about my comebacks. People mention 14 injuries to my calf, I talk about 14 times I came back. It takes a lot of character to do that, to be able to come back and play at this level. I will focus on the positives and that's me coming back and doing the right things.
"I will only blame myself if it's for a lack of effort, which has never been the case."