Monday, January 25, 2010

Toure returns

Our captain is back following his exit in the African Cup of Nations, and there is the possibility that he could go straight into the side on Wednesday evening:
KOLO Toure will come back into contention for Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final second leg against United at Old Trafford after Ivory Coast were knocked out of the African Nations Cup.

Blackpool striker Hameur Bouazza scored in injury time as Algeria went into the semi-finals with a 3-2 win in Cabinda.

Toure, who had a late goal ruled out for offside, may now come straight back into the Blues side with his experience bound to come into boss Roberto Mancini's thinking.
It is perhaps a measure of the impact that Dedryck Boyata has made in the main alongside Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards since coming into the side during Toure's absence that it is generated a real talking point as to whether he should retain his place even with the possible availability of Toure.

There is also of course the possibility of Micah Richards lining up centrally given the option of a fit again Nedum Onouha at right back (as we saw on Sunday).

My hunch though is that if Toure is ready to go fitness wise that Mancini opts to play him alongside Vincent Kompany as the central pairing.

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1 comment:

longwayfromhome said...

You have to feel sorry for Ned the most in this situation - he didn't put a foot wrong on Sunday and yet caution would still say Toure is a better bet.
Has anyone seen the ACN games and know how KT has played?