Manchester City defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in a friendly on Monday, but will be sweating on Yaya Toure’s ankle injury.The MLS outfit were forced to pay $US200,000 for a temporary grass pitch just so the match could be played, after record amounts of rain hit the Canadian town, which had forced the friendly to be postponed by 24 hours.
But despite the work that went into getting the pitch fit for action, disaster struck when Toure had to be helped off after just 35 minutes after injuring his ankle.
Any significant injury to Toure would be a severe blow to the club, with the Ivory Coast midfielder having cost City about 24 million pounds from Barcelona and quickly becoming one of his side’s key players, as evidenced by his goal in the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Stoke in May in a match which ended the club’s 35-year trophy drought.
But Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini calmed fears that his star had suffered a serious injury after the match.
“We will have to see but I hope he will have recovered in three or four days,” Mancini said.
“He fell over the other player’s foot and hurt his ankle, but hopefully he will be OK.”
Although Toure’s injury overshadowed the contest, Vancouver can be pleased with how they tested an understrength City side.
The MLS team, who have won just two matches this season, started impressively with Brazilian Camilo causing problems for the English Premier League club.
He forced several saves from City goalkeeper Joe Hart and got a deserved goal on the half-hour mark, courtesy of a deflection from Stefan Savic.
John Guidetti equalised for City with 22 minutes remaining when he headed home a Andrea Mancini corner before Shaun Wright-Phillips bagged the winner with a 25-yard effort with just six minutes to play.