VANCOUVER, B.C. — On a day in which Manchester City made news off the field through the Carlos Tévez saga, and on the field via a rocket from rejuvenated English international Shaun Wright-Phillips to steal a 2-1 victory, an injury to Yaya Touré was the worry of Citizen fans.
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City’s behemoth central midfielder and their most important and influential player, crumpled to the turf in the 34th minute after going up for a 50-50 ball against Michael Boxall. Touré stayed down for a full three minutes before hobbling off with the help of two Citizens trainers.
“It didn’t look very good, but we think it is nothing major,” said Man. City manager Roberto Mancini after the game. “We think three or four days at most, and he should be OK.”
The fact that Touré is not expected to miss much time will be a relief to the Citizens' faithful. While the big man was hardly at his best against the ‘Caps, he was, for large chunks of the first half, the only City player showing much endeavor in the attack and was instrumental in snuffing out a few of Vancouver’s more dangerous forays through the first 34 minutes.
In a bizarre turn, City played nearly the remainder of the first half down a man after Touré’s injury as Mancini didn’t bring James Milner on until seconds before the break. The manager offered no comment on why, though perhaps getting practice playing with 10 men.
They did manage to generate their best chance of the first half during that span, launching a counter up the left wing through Alexandar Kolarov. The left back played a perfect cross to Edin Dzeko, who flubbed his chance in front of a wide-open net.
Youngster John Guidetti and Wright-Phillips would spare Dzeko his blushes in the second half as they bested Camilo Sanvezzo's first-half strike for the 2-1 final.
The Tevéz Saga Continues
Tevéz, City's leading scorer from 2010-11, made headlines all day with a series of back-and-forth news briefs about his on-again, off-again transfer to Cornthians.
Early in the day it was reported that the Brazilian club's bid of €40 million had been accepted. By late afternoon Vancouver time, news broke that the bid hadn't been accepted, or perhaps there had been no bid in the first place.
It was all a bit much for Mancini, whose focus was purely on the game.
"Do I have any new information on Carlos? Since yesterday? No," he responded to reporters in the postgame press conference. "But I only have one number for him, and that doesn't work anymore."
The City manager could afford to be a bit flip about the prospect of losing one of the world's most dangerous strikers, since it's sounding more and more likely that Tévez's countryman, Sergio Agüero, will be on his way to Northern England sometime in the next few weeks. Mancini didn't have much to say on that transfer either, but Kompany was more forthcoming.
"I've been here four years now, and that's the way it is," the Belgian said. "We're a great team, and we're always trying to get better."
Milner echoed Kompany's thoughts.
"[Agüero is] a great player," Milner opined. "He's the type of guy any team in the world would want because he's able to get in the box and get goals, and that's what the game is about."