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Yaya to miss opener?

  • 08 June 2014 08:44
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

Yaya Toure is a major injury concern for Ivory Coast’s opening game against Japan according to Live Soccer.

City’s free-scoring midfielder has played no part in the Elephants’ World Cup warm up games and now is a doubt for the opening group game.

Report Live Soccer: “Manchester City midfielder and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure looks due to miss out on his side's 2014 World Cup opening game against Japan due to an injury that he is curently suffering from.

“The two-time English Premier League-winning ace picked up a hamstring injury in the Citizens' last domestic league game, against West Ham, and has been nursing his wounds in Qatar ever since.”

Goal.com suggest City skipper Vincent Kompany will spend the rest of his career with the Blues by penning a new long-term deal.

There’s been a flood of contract extension stories in recent days and Paul Clennam’s report reads: “Kompany set to sign a new contract that will keep him at Manchester City for the remainder of his career.

 

The Belgian defender is currently contracted until 2017 but the Premier League champions have proposed an extension that will now run until 2019, which would take the City skipper up to the age of 34

 

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“The player has already indicated that he is happy to stay and the club's top brass see him as a possible future executive at the end of his playing days.”
Read how Kompany led his nation to another victory last night here.

Meanwhile, in The Observer, there is a fascinating insight into why Edin Dzeko is such an idol for his nation.

Author Ed Vulliamy focuses on Dzeko and his journey from war-torn Bosnia to the World Cup in what is an excellent read.

Here’s a snippet: “Džeko the superstar discusses what he learned from his origins with young people, whether back home in Bosnia or in the deprived Harpurhey quarter of Manchester. In both places he urges them against despair and conflict, talking to children about opportunity – activities for which he was made Bosnia's first Unicef ambassador.

‘I try to do something to make a change,’ he has said. ‘I go to schools in Bosnia where there is still much to do. Many of the schools are divided; it's like two schools in one.

‘I try to show the children that it's not important what their name is, or whether they are a Muslim, [Orthodox] Christian or Catholic.’"

Finally, if you missed the action last night you can read about another Joe Hart clean sheet in the MEN’s England match report – James Milner was rested for the 0-0 draw with Honduras.

Elsewhere, Sergio Aguero played out the last half-hour of Argentina’s 2-0 win over Slovenia and David Silva was a second half sub for Spain who beat El Salvador 2-0 courtesy of a brace from New York City FC’s David Villa.

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