Platt expects Man City to cope without Toure during Africa Nations

Manchester City coach David Platt has said he believes the club will find a way to cope without talismanic midfielder Yaya Toure when the Ivory Coast international goes to represent his country at next month’s Africa Cup of Nations, Sky Sports has reported.

City also had to do without Toure for the same reason last year, with the former Barcelona player and his brother Kolo Toure possibly missing from early January until February 24, depending on how results work out for the Elephants and for City.

The 2013 Africa Nations is being held in South Africa, with Ivory Coast drawn in Group D, alongside Tunisia, Algeria and Togo. The final of the tournament is to be played on February 10 but if City are knocked out of the FA Cup early, it could be another two weeks before Toure plays for his club. The final will be held in Johannesburg.

Platt said: “I’m not too sure how many games he is gone for but it’s something we have known about and will have to deal with. We lost him last year and won the league.

The kind of player he is, it would be more beneficial to have him and it’s similar with Kolo. But we will get on with it. It’s like an injury – you want the full complement to choose from.

We have a dressing room full of quality players and we have to cope with it.

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