Manchester - Manchester City midfielder
Yaya Toure is expected to miss his side's Champions League semi-final first leg
against Real Madrid on Tuesday, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Monday.
The Ivorian did not take part in City's
final pre-match training session on Monday after picking up a muscular injury
towards the end of Sunday's 4-0 Premier League win over Stoke City.
"I think he's going to be out,"
Pellegrini told a press conference at the City Football Academy training
complex. "He hasn't recovered from a muscle injury."
With Toure likely to miss out, Brazilians
Fernando and Fernandinho are expected to be paired together in central
"The two Brazilian lads have played
well when they have played together, and in Europe as well," Pellegrini
"For example against PSG (in the
quarter-finals). I'm very confident in what they can provide."
Captain Vincent Kompany, who has struggled
with calf injuries this season, was able to train, having been rested for the
victory against Stoke.
While Real Madrid are chasing an 11th
European Cup, City are appearing in the semi-finals of the Champions League for
the first time.