Manchester City’s most recent arrival Edin Dzeko is desperate to use tonight’s clash against Dinamo Kiev to kick-start his Eastlands career.
The Bosnian striker has struggled to justify his multi-million pound valuation and is still searching for his first Premier League goal. The game tonight will give Dzeko the opportunity to line up against former Chelsea misfit Andrei Shevcenko with whom Dzeko regards as his “favourite player”.
However Dzeko was quick to dismiss any similarities between the two players inability to adapt to the English game.
“I think he was a fantastic player,” he said of the Ukrainian. “He had some tough times in England but that’s football. England is very different from other leagues and I’ll have to get used to it. Hopefully, I’ll have a lot of success in England also.”
Toure awaits FA decision.
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure did not travel with the rest of the squad to Ukraine as he awaits the verdict of his failed drugs test.
Toure was found guilty of having a “specified substance” in his body after a random drugs test was taking after the Manchester Derby on 12 February. It is not yet known whether Toure has requested a B sample to be taken but the FA did announce they would consider and rule on the case within 8 weeks.
Toure has received support from the IFF managing director Ardiouma Kone in an open letter to the player and his club.
“The Ivorian Football Federation, which could always count on your availability and your commitment to defend an exemplary way the colours of Ivory Coast, hopes for a successful outcome of the legal process that requires this case to allow you to find joy playing football, your passion.”
Kiev team news.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is set for a return to the side for Thursday night’s Europa League last 16 first leg match against Dynamo Kiev.
The England winger has missed the last two games with a troublesome back injury but could replace fellow international James Milner who is carrying a knock.
Meanwhile Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong is eyeing up his first competitive start in over a month after making a full recovery from a long-term ankle injury.