Yaya Toure has not traveled with Manchester City to Eastern Europe for their Champions League qualification clash with Steaua Bucharest. The Ivorian was originally named on the list of players expected to go last week, but unfortunately for Toure, the midfielder was left behind to maintain his fitness ahead of the new season.
Toure was not the only big name left out of the tie as Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony, and Samir Nasri were also left out of the squad by Guardiola. The Spaniard felt it was a requirement that the four remained at home to train instead of coming on the trip and staying on the bench.
The future of all four players is in doubt as Guardiola brought youngsters Angelino and Adarabioyo instead of the experienced Toure.
Guardiola said Monday that the 33-year-old Toure “is training fabulous, but I was not sure if he was going to play and so I prefer it if he stays there training well in Manchester.”
Jason Denayer was also left out by Guardiola and is future at the club is looking bleak also. The Belgium international looks set to go out on loan once again but a permanent transfer away from the club is not unlikely at this stage either.
Nicolas Otamendi returns to the fold for the game in Romania after missing out on Saturday’s victory over Sunderland through injury.