Yaya Toure would have returned to action for Manchester City after appearing to have been ostracized by Pep Guardiola but was ruled out of the win over Bournemouth with a migraine, according to the Mirror.
Toure is yet to make any of City’s Premier League squads since the arrival of Guardiola, and the report claims the City boss was ready to recall Toure to the squad due to injuries to Fernando, David Silva and Fabian Delph, but a migraine means he couldn’t be called upon.
Another report by the Manchester Evening News claims that Toure missed three days of training last week and subsequently ruled out himself.
Guardiola responded by naming 19-year-old Aleix Garcia on the bench for the 4-0 win against Bournemouth, with the Spanish prospect coming on for the last 15 minutes.
Toure’s only action this season came in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest last month, and there were no guarantees Toure would have been included, with the Ivorian’s prospects looking increasing bleak under Guardiola.
Asked if Toure was training with the first team this week, Guardiola said: “He had a migrane in the last three days. He was not here for the last three days.”
Toure has however made it clear he wanted to fight for his place under Guardiola this season, despite summer interest from China and Inter Milan.