Gary Neville: Yaya Toure's the best midfielder in the Premier League

The Manchester United legend was full of praise for the Manchester City man, but he feels it’s time Manuel Pellegrini started managing his appearances more effectively

Gary Neville rates Yaya Toure as the best midfielder in the Premier League – but he has criticised how often he is fielded for Manchester City.

Toure has started all eight of City’s games this season – including last week’s League Cup win over Sunderland – and is set to be involved once again in Wednesday’s Champions League game against Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.

Manchester United legend Neville thinks Etihad Stadium boss Manuel Pellegrini needs to be using the 32-year-old a little more sparingly if he is to get the best out of the former Barcelona star.

“He cannot play three games a week, that man,” the England assistant coach told Sky Sports. “He is a fantastic player, but I would leave him for your most important games.

“There is a problem around Yaya Toure. On his day, he’s perhaps the best central midfield player in the Premier League, but the idea that you can get three equal performances out of him in a week now is impossible.”

Neville picked out three former Premier League stars who also reached the point where it became impossible for them to compete at the top of their games on a regular basis.  

“We’ve seen it with Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, these players that have maximum impact in teams,” he added. “They get into their 30s and physically they drop off; you have to manage these players.”

David Silva set for Manchester City return as Toure awaits diagnosis

The playmaker has missed the last three matches with a calf problem but is expected to play on Wednesday, and it is hoped Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany will also be available

GOALBy Sam Lee & Paul Clennam

Manchester City are confident of a triple injury boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday, with David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart all in line for a return to action.

City lost their European opener against Juventus a fortnight ago and travel to Germany needing to pick up all three points if they are to keep in touch with the Italians and Sevilla, who sit joint top of Group D.

Silva has missed the club’s last three matches with a calf problem but is set to return for the game at Borussia Park having trained over the weekend.

There could also be good news for Kompany and Hart, who both sat out Saturday’s heavy defeat at Tottenham in the Premier League.

Kompany, who was forced out of the 2-1 defeat to Juventus with a calf injury, had initially been named on the bench at White Hart Lane but was forced to pull out altogether.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said his captain was still struggling with his calf and that he would be assessed in the earlier part of the week, but Goal understands the club are now hopeful he will return to the starting line-up.

It is a similar situation for Hart, who also missed the 4-1 loss in north London. Pellegrini claimed his goalkeeper had been suffering with a back complaint in the days leading up to the encounter, which also kept him out of the League Cup victory at Sunderland.

But after watching on from the bench as Willy Caballero struggled, City are also confident their No.1 will return on Wednesday.

There are concerns that Yaya Toure could face three weeks on the sidelines, however, after he was withdrawn early in the second half on Saturday.

The Ivorian has a tight hamstring and City are awaiting the result of scans to ascertain whether there is any further damage, with a pull likely to rule him out until the end of October.

That would mean he would be in a race to be fit to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 23.

Following two defeats in their last two Premier League matches, City have slipped behind their local rivals in the table.

Kompany and Yaya Toure expected to miss Monchengladbach trip

The midfielder was forced off against Tottenham with a hamstring problem while the City captain is still struggling with a calf injury and missed the game at White Hart Lane

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is likely to miss Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Borussia Monchengladbach, while Yaya Toure is a major doubt.

Kompany was forced to sit out Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham due to a calf problem picked up in City’s Champions League opening defeat to Juventus.

Ivory Coast international Toure was replaced during the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane with what was later confirmed as a hamstring injury and Manuel Pellegrini does not expect either to be available for Wednesday.

“Yaya had some problem in his hamstring,” Pellegrini told reporters. “We don’t know about the Champions League, we must wait until Monday to decide. We will see what the doctor says [about a scan].”

“I don’t think so, we will see,” he added when asked about whether Kompany would be fit.

“At the beginning he was fit to be at least on the bench but in the warm up he felt some problems in his calf. It was the calf problem from against Juventus, he has not recovered 100 per cent.”

Willy Caballero endured a difficult game against Spurs but Pellegrini defended his decision to field the former Malaga man in place of Joe Hart, who has been nursing a knock.

“Joe had a problem with his back during the week and couldn’t just work one day this week, so I decided Willy must play,” the Chilean explained. “Joe for me was not 100 per cent, I play Willy.”

Tottenham v Manchester City: Yaya Toure desperate to bounce back against Spurs

Manuel Pellegrini’s Premier League leaders were beaten by West Ham last weekend and face a tricky test at White Hart Lane on Saturday

Yaya Toure is desperate to return to winning ways in the Premier League when Manchester City travel to Tottenham on Saturday after their surprise defeat at the hands of West Ham.

City started the league season in perfect fashion with five wins from five matches, but their 100 per cent record came to an end when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Slaven Bilic’s side last Saturday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men bounced back with a convincing 4-1 League Cup victory at Sunderland on Tuesday and midfielder Toure has now set his sights on taking all three points at White Hart Lane.

“We have a tough game coming against Tottenham and we needed this relief, and confidence coming back,” Toure said after the win at the Stadium of Light.

“City or even Chelsea, Arsenal, when they start losing or have a bad spell you get a lot of criticism.

“But we have experience in the squad – players like Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and me – and we try to give the other guys confidence in these situations.

“We have big experienced players who hate losing because we have experience at the high level, and we just try to stay calm and restore confidence for the next game.”

Pellegrini may have to make do without a number of first-team regulars at Spurs, as the likes of captain Kompany, David Silva (both calf), Eliaquim Mangala (muscular injury) and Samir Nasri (knock) all missed the trip to Sunderland.

But Sergio Aguero is fully fit again after he picked up a knock in the win at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago, and the Argentina striker – who has scored 10 times in seven Premier League outings against Spurs – is set to lead City’s line at the Lane.

Tottenham, meanwhile, will be looking to move on from Wednesday’s League Cup defeat against arch-rivals Arsenal and continue their climb up the table.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to win in their opening four Premier League games, but have taken maximum points from Sunderland and Palace in their last two outings.

Speaking after the loss to Arsenal, Pochettino said: “There were a lot of positives, but in the end the feeling is bad because it was a derby and we all had the motivation to win this game.

“Now we need to prepare for City. We have one day less because they played Tuesday and we have to be strong.”

Pochettino has no new major injury worries ahead of City’s visit, with Nabil Bentaleb as their most notable absentee due to an ankle problem. Ryan Mason (knee) remains a doubt.

Toure praises De Bruyne and Sterling

The midfielder believes the two new signings have helped make the club one of Europe’s most exciting teams

Yaya Toure believes Manchester City are now one of the most exciting teams in Europe following the summer signings of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

City top the Premier League by two points after six games having spent close to £100million on new players, with two of their high-profile recruits already making their mark.

Both players have already found the back of the net and Toure hailed them for giving the side more options in attack.

“Kevin De Bruyne has been brilliant. He made an assist and scored one goal at Sunderland. Raheem is scoring, and [Sergio] Aguero is our top striker and our top goalscorer,” the Ivory Coast international said.

“Could we be one of the most exciting teams in Europe now? Yeah, to be honest, I think yes. It is full credit to chairman who made this happen.

“As a player, it makes my duty a little bit less! For the moment I just focus on defending because offensively we have a lot of power to show like Sergio, Sami [Nasri], [Jesus] Navas, Kevin. They don’t need me on the attack side now!”