Man City ready to jet in stars should Ivory Coast exit ACON

Should the Ivory Coast suffer an early exit from the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday it is said that Manchester City are ready to jet both Yaya Toure and Wilfired Bony home in a bid to win their crunch clash with Chelsea, according to the Daily Star.

City have not won in their four league games without midfield star Toure and Pellegrini is desperate for his return.

Having lost to Championship side Middlesbrough on Saturday the City boss is preparing the 3,500 mile journey for both Toure and new recruit Bony – with the champions lacking goals as Sergio Aguero searches for full fitness.

Bony cost the club £25m without incentives and could make his debut against City’s main rivals for the title if his country indeed suffer elimination form this year’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

The plans represent a huge gamble and the Chiliean’s need to win against Chelsea – with defeat meaning they will lie eight points behind the leaders.

However jetting just two players in ahead of the game is not as big a risk as the one took before their FA Cup exit at the weekend, where City stars landed just 19 hours before their game against ‘Boro having been in Abu Dhabi for warm weather training.

Pellegrini refused to accept travel as a decisive factor in the 2-0 home loss before he would not answer questions over his actions were they to face Premier League opposition instead of a lower ranked side.

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