Toure feeling guilty at African Cup of Nations involvement

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has revealed he feels ‘confused and guilty’ about going to the African Cup of Nations next month, The Daily Mail reports.

Toure has started every Premier League game for the league leaders this season and has been one of the sparkling lights for City. With a number of crucial fixtures upcoming, including the third round FA Cup tie with local rivals Manchester United, City boss Roberto Mancini has contacted Ivory Coast boss Francois Zahoui to try and delay Toure’s departure. Pressure is building on City after their Champions League exit and their defeat against Chelsea on Monday night and the loss of Toure couild be monumental to City’s form.

The midfielder would be missing for up to a month and Toure has spoken of how difficult the decision was to travel for the tournament.

Toure said: ‘I have to go, because my country is going through some difficult things with the war and everything, but I am a bit guilty and confused about it. My loyalties are divided and I feel a little bit sad. The African Cup of Nations is a fantastic tournament, but this is a crucial time of the season. The team, the club and the manager need me, but I have to go away. It’s difficult, as I am very focused for City’.

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