Manchester - Out-of-favour Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure
will play no part in Manchester City's Champions League group stage matches
after being left out of the squad named on Friday.
The 33-year-old's sole appearance for City this season has
been in the 1-0 victory over Romanian outfit Steaua Bucharest in the second leg
of the Champions League play-offs.
However, manager Pep Guardiola, who coached him at Barcelona
and where Toure won the Champions League, two league titles and a Spanish Cup,
has deemed him surplus to requirements for the group stage.
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City could not include more than 17 non-homegrown players in
their Champions League squad and Guardiola still has 18 at his disposal,
despite four foreign internationals, Frenchmen Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala
among them, leaving before Wednesday's transfer deadline.
Teams can name up to 25 players in their Champions League
squad but City's lack of homegrown players meant they were only permitted to
name a squad of 21.
City have been drawn in Group C with Barcelona, German side
Borussia Moenchengladbach and Scottish champions Celtic.
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