Yaya Toure Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Status and Return

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, April 27

Manchester City confirms Yaya Toure is fit to play today:

Updates from Friday, April 25

Yaya Toure could make a dramatic return for Manchester City when they travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Manuel Pellegrini listed the players who are injured for the trip, but did not name Toure among them. City's official noted:


Updates from Friday, April 18

Yaya Toure remains a major injury concern for Manchester City, according to boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Toure appears to have no chance of facing West Brom on Monday, and Pellegrini confessed his knee problem is serious:


Updates from Tuesday, April 15

Yaya Toure should play again this season after Manuel Pellegrini revealed his knee injury is not as bad as first feared.

Manchester City's official Twitter reported:


Updates from Monday, April 14

Yaya Toure updated fans on his condition via his Twitter account:

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Manchester City's hopes of winning this season's Premier League title have suffered a setback after Yaya Toure was forced off just 20 minutes into his side's top-of-the-table clash against Liverpool on Sunday.

BBC Sport confirm the injury, which appeared to affect the midfielder most when attempted a shot at goal just prior to his substitution: 

Following the match, Richard Keys provided a synopsis of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini discussing Toure's injury:

This weekend's Anfield clash was being billed as a potential title decider, with the Reds going into the fixture four points ahead of third-place City, albeit having played two games more.

Speaking to the Daily Mail (h/t Goal.com's Sacha Pisani), Toure gave his thoughts on what the clutch fixture meant for both teams:

The game will be very important. We know how difficult it will be [in the remaining games of the season] against teams fighting relegation but the important thing is going to Liverpool and trying to get a good result.

After that we have to continue to perform because if we want to win the league we have to win all games.

ESPN's Paul Carr points out just how essential a figure Toure has been under Pellegrini during the Chilean's maiden campaign at the helm of the English giants:

If City are to maintain any challenge on Liverpool's race for the league crown, the Citizens must pray that Toure's injury isn't a serious one, lest they be left without his talents for the remaining six games on their schedule.

At the time of his departure, Liverpool were leading Manchester City 1-0, leading BBC broadcaster Brian Moore to believe there was an air of inevitability about the result.

Playing alongside Fernandinho for the majority of this campaign, the pair have formed a stable core in the side's engine room, well-rounded in both a defensive and attacking regard.

Should the Ivorian have to sit out more than a week on the sidelines, Pellegrini will be looking to the likes of Javi Garcia—who replaced Toure on Sunday—for support in the middle of the park, as well as James Milner.