Manchester City have missed Toure – Lampard

The 36-year-old believes the return of the midfielder will give the club a massive boost as they prepare to face Barcelona

Frank Lampard believes the return of Yaya Toure will help Manchester City get their title challenge back on track.

The midfielder is back in training with City after helping Ivory Coast to Africa Cup of Nations glory earlier this month.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men have missed Toure’s driving presence in midfield, winning just one of six games in the midfielder’s absence as City slipped seven points behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough.

“He’s a massive player for the club”, Lampard said of Toure. “I could see that from afar when I was at Chelsea.

“You want him back in and hopefully that will give us a boost as a squad. Of course you miss a player like Yaya with his talent and his ability, and we’ve had a time where we lost quite a few games.”

Wilfried Bony was signed for €36 million from Swansea in January, but has yet to make his debut for the champions, and Lampard is equally excited about the prospect of working with the man who bagged nine goals in his last 15 games for the Welsh club.

Lampard continued: “Alongside Yaya coming back, we’ve got Bony arriving. We’ve seen what he’s been doing at Swansea and he’ll be a fantastic signing for the club.

“There’s an air of confidence about him and he’ll add to the squad.”

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