Toure scored twice in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace after almost three months out — but will be unavailable away at Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday having been excluded from boss Guardiola’s Euro squad in a long-running feud involving his agent.
Well aware that City are still misfiring, Guardiola will be gutted to be without a player whose quality — he says — has never been in doubt.
‘I’m here to take decisions. Maybe I make mistakes, but I have to take decisions and I respect that all the people cannot agree with me. That happened,’ the Spaniard said.
‘I spoke in the last month, many times with Yaya because he was my player with Barcelona, I know him very well. So I know how he is like a player.
‘As a player there is no doubt — if there was a doubt he would not be here. He is another guy to compete with our midfield players and increase our level.’
Guardiola will now look at including the Ivorian in his selection for the latter stages of the Champions League if City make it through.
A win or draw in Gladbach would calm nerves in that respect.
‘Of course now he’s not able to play on Wednesday, or in the last game against Celtic,’ Guardiola said.
‘If we are able to qualify in the Champions League, after, I will sit with my staff and we will decide who are the best players to help us to achieve in the Champions League games.’