More bad news for Manchester City's hopes of regaining the Premier League. Midfield colossus Yaya Touré, who limped off 19 minutes into his side's 3-2 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday, may miss the rest of the season. Speaking to television after the game, manager Manuel Pellegrini said:
It's difficult for Yaya to be in the next game. We will see tomorrow — I don't know how serious he is injured. I think it will be difficult for him to finish playing this season.
Touré sustained the injury taking a hopeful long shot at goal and, though he attempted to run it off, was eventually substituted and appeared to be holding his groin. City have yet to provide a precise diagnosis.
With six games left in the season, City will need to find some way of replacing the irreplaceable. Most likely is that Javi Garcia — who came on for Toure at the weekend — will slot into midfield alongside Fernandinho, though Pellegrini's other options include moving Martin Demichelis out of defence, or turning to apparently out-of-favour midfielder Jack Rodwell. It is not clear at this stage whether this injury will affect Touré's participation in the World Cup with Ivory Coast.