Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that influential midfielder Yaya Toure is set to join up with the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations after their FA Cup third round tie.

Mancini had previously said that he was hopeful Toure would turn down the chance to play in the competition to focus on all things City this season.

However, after discussions between the pair it seems the midfield maestro will now join up with his Ivory Coast team mates for their trip to South Africa after City’s tie with Watford on January 5th.

Toure could miss up to five Premier League games in his time away including two crucial games with Arsenal and Liverpool.

Mancini may well use the January transfer window to try and improve his squad that finished bottom of their Champions League group and is currently six points behind rivals Manchester United in the league ahead of today’s lunch time game with Newcastle.

“It is difficult. I think he will go to the African Nations Cup after that (FA Cup) game,” Mancini told The Sun.