The midfielder made a shock return at
Crystal Palace and after scoring twice in a
2-1 win his manager and team-mates
showed their appreciation
Pep Guardiola says Yaya Toure is now
firmly back in his Manchester City plans
season after the Ivorian made a stunning
return to the line-up with two goals at
Goal understands Toure was also given a
standing ovation by his team-mates when
he entered the Selhurst Park away dressing
room after the match.
It represents a remarkable turnaround for
the midfielder, who had appeared to be
heading for an ignominious final season at
the Etihad Stadium.
Yaya Toure’s Man City comeback is as
crazy as it was unexpected
Guardiola had said earlier in the campaign
that Toure would not be part of the City
squad until he apologised for comments
made by his outspoken agent, Dimitri
Seluk, and even when the apology did
arrive at the end of October it had still
appeared unlikely that the 33-year-old
would ever play for City again.
But on Saturday he was named in the
starting line up at Selhurst Park and
scored twice in a hard-fought 2-1 win for
Guardiola’s men that sends them level on
points with league leaders Liverpool.
And the City boss says this was far from a
cameo from Toure, who can now expect to
play a role across the remainder of the
campaign, even if he is not registered to
play in the Champions League.