Yaya Toure got Seriously Injured and sent home after being poleaxed by Keylor Navas –
Yaya Toure flies home from Manchester City’s Australia tour after Keylor Navas clash (as new £8m Fabian Delph suffers hamstring injury on debut)
Fabian Delph went down injured in friendly against Real Madrid
And Yaya Toure took a nasty knock after a collision with Keylor Navas
New £8million signing forced to limp off after injury in 18th minute
Both will miss City’s next engagement in Vietnam
Yaya Toure was sent home from Manchester City’s tour of Australia hours after being poleaxed by Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas, with Fabian Delph also heading back to the north west.
The Ivorian was on the wrong end of a collision with the Real goalkeeper, who had raced of his line to punch clear during the friendly in Melbourne.
City have decided to send the midfielders back to England – meaning they will miss their side’s trip to Vietnam, while Delph faces a race to be fit for the start of the new season after he was carried off on his debut.
And City’s problems were compounded after manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that Sergio Aguero and his other South American stars could miss the trip to West Brom on August 10 – less than a week before his team face champions Chelsea.
Delph suffered a hamstring injury and left the field on a stretcher just 20 minutes into City’s comprehensive defeat at the MCG.
Pellegrini said: ‘Fabian is a very important player on the left side. This injury is not the best news, as he was just starting the season with our team.
‘Tomorrow we will get a diagnosis from the doctor but it is difficult to know as the doctor needs at least 48 hours.’ Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Fernandinho could also miss the start of the season because they do not return to training until early next week following their involvement in the Copa America.
Pellegrini is anxious to give all four players a month off in preparation for a long season even if it means them being unavailable for key games at the start.
He added: ‘I think in football it’s so important to work hard but also resting has the same importance. You have so many games throughout the year that if you don’t give them 30 days after they’ve finished their internationals, it’s very difficult for them to work hard.
‘It’s more difficult for the South American players because Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho finished later, the first days of July, so they won’t have 30 days.
‘I think when we return to Manchester they will start their pre-season. Maybe they will not be involved in the first game but I am sure they will work hard and will be involved as soon as they can.’