Yaya Toure a doubt for Cote d’Ivoire’s World Cup opener

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Star man Yaya Toure
remains an injury doubt for
Cote d’Ivoire ‘s World Cup
opener against Japan on
June 14.
The 31-year-old Manchester City star is on the
mend from a hamstring injury that he picked up
during his club’s final Premier League match against
West Ham last month.
After more than a week’s treatment at the Aspetar
Sports Groin Pain Centre in Qatar, Toure rejoined the
group in Dallas, Texas, where preparations for the
tournament had long begun.
He did not feature in the two warm-up matches
against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Salvador, and was
made to undergo private training sessions during the
period.
Arriving in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Friday, the Ivorian
delegation looked enthusiastic, but coach Sabri
Lamouchi admitted that Toure might not be fit for
the start of the World Cu p.
“He ended the season with difficulties,” he told Jeune
Afrique . “He is yet to fully train with the group but
he’s currently responding to a healing protocol.
“We will do our best to make him fit to play against
Japan in our opener. He might start or come in as a
substitute. I can’t really tell for now.”

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