Mancini expects Toure to play in Africa Cup of Nations
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits that he cannot prevent Yaya Toure from leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
The Italian had hoped that his midfielder would miss the tournament held in South Africa or that he would be available for their Premier League clash against Arsenal on January 13.
However, it seems that Toure will stay in Manchester up until City's FA Cup third-round match against Watford on January 5, before joining with his Ivory Coast team-mates.
"It is difficult. I think he will go to the African Nations Cup after that game," Mancini said.
Meanwhile, the City boss is unsure whether captain Vincent Kompany will be fit for Saturday's trip to Newcastle after picking up a groin injury in the defeat to Manchester United last Sunday.
That loss meant City are now six points behind their rivals in the Premier League, but Mancini insists he has full belief in his players to turn their fortunes around.
"We showed that we were better than Manchester United," he said.
"But they have more experience than us and it is not a problem to them when they fall behind.
"We need to work hard but we can recover this position. By February everything could have changed."
The Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa runs from January 19 to February 10.