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City fans breathe a sigh of relief as Toure declares himself fit for title run in

The midfielder was substituted during Saturday’s win over Everton.

Toure picked up the original injury against Liverpool in mid-April.
Toure picked up the original injury against Liverpool in mid-April.
Image: Clint Hughes/AP/Press Association Images

INFLUENTIAL MANCHESTER CITY midfielder Yaya Toure has declared himself fit for the final two games of his side’s title charge.

The 30-year old, a key figure in City’s bid for a second Premier League crown in three years, was substituted during the second half of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Everton with manager Manuel Pellegrini insisting at the time that the move was purely precautionary.

Toure confirmed as much today when he told’s City’s official website:

“It was very important I came off [against Everton].

“It has been difficult for me in a short space of time to recover from the injury I picked up at Liverpool and prepare physically.

“If you are not fully prepared it is very tough, because you have to be at 100 percent for these games and coming back is always difficult, especially at the end of the season, but I feel good.”

With a game in hand and boasting a superior goal difference, City are favourites to win the league but will have to beat both Aston Villa and West Ham to secure the title.

Toure is not taking either game lightly.

“Both Aston Villa and West Ham are sharp and will come to just enjoy the games, but we have a league to play for.

“I hope we complete the job, but it depends how sharp we are, how we prepare mentally and physically.

“Our target was always to win something, but for us the League Cup is not enough. The Premier League was always our target, so now we need to do be at our optimum levels when Aston Villa come to our stadium on Wednesday.

“We definitely expect to win it — as a team at the top, you always expect to win.

“We have worked so hard this year and, if we don’t win, it would be a massive disappointment for us, for the fans and for the club as well.”

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