MEN: Hart seeking low-down on Suarez
- 11 June 2014 07:47
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
It's inching closer... The start of the World Cup is almost upon us. So what City-related stories are in this morning's headlines as the countdown continues?
Well, the Manchester Evening News suggest Joe Hart and his England teammates are hoping to receive some useful advice from their Liverpool counterparts on the topic of Uruguay's danger man Luis Suarez.
The Three Lions face Uruguay in their second group match but Hart is confident his side will be fully briefed of the striker's threat by those around him.
Quoted in the article, the City shot-stopper declares: "The fact we know Suarez means we know that he’ll cause trouble for us.
"There’ll be some familiarity, and the Liverpool players will know him a lot better.
"I’m sure they’ll give us their input on the different ways of stopping him. So, hopefully, that’s only going to help. It’s fair to say we are more familiar with Italy. We know a bit about Uruguay because of the Suarez factor and Cavani.
"Then Costa Rica are a bit more unknown at the moment. But we’ll do our research.
"It’s three really tough games – but it’s a World Cup so you don’t expect anything else. They’re all dangerous, they all came through tough qualifying campaigns, Italy in Europe and the other two in South America. It’s not easy to do that."
According to the newspaper's website, coach Sabri Lamouchi has insisted: "We will try to do everything to ensure he can play him."
The report reads: "Touré has not been able to complete a full training session with his team-mates since having surgery last month.
"Lamouchi said Ivory Coast’s medical team had been working hard on trying to get the African footballer of the year fit to take on Japan in Recife.
"Touré suffered a thigh injury in mid-April but returned to help Manchester City secure the Premier League title for the second time in three years.
"He then went to Qatar for treatment and joined up late with the Ivory Coast squad in their training camp in the US.
"Touré did not play in either of their two warm-up friendlies against Bosnia and El Salvador."
An article by Patrick Haond reads: "A man who has been capped on 41 occasions by his country was surprisingly left out of France’s 23-man squad on the back of a productive domestic campaign.
"Nasri shone for City as they secured Premier League and Capital One Cup glory, but was unable to convince Deschamps that he was deserving of a seat on the plane to Brazil.
"A failure to replicate his club form in a two-legged qualification play-off tie with Ukraine cost the 26-year-old his place, with Deschamps of the opinion that others offer more to the collective cause."
Deschamps allegedly told French newspaper L'Equipe: "I watched his matches. He has a level of performance for his club and another in the French team.
"Like any national team coach, I have important choices to make. Sporting criteria are important, but they are not everything.
"I must not have any regrets. I have made my decision and we move on.
"Did Nasri upset me? There are different characters and personalities. I don’t take into account rumours or what has happened in the past.
"I have called on all players since August 2012 and I have seen them all on the pitch and in and around the group."
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow for another City-related World Cup media round-up!