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Yaya Toure won't be stood down by Man City

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016

Yaya Toure's drink-driving charge will not affect his chances of selection for Manchester City's Premier League clash with Leicester on Saturday.

The 33-year-old was charged last Tuesday after being stopped in Dagenham and is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on December 13.

The news broke after Toure came off the bench during City's 3-1 defeat by Chelsea last weekend.

Fernandinho's dismissal at the Etihad Stadium and subsequent three-match ban increases Toure's chances of returning to the starting line-up against the Premier League champions.

"I spoke to him about the issue. He gave me his reasons. I trust him. I take the decisions on what I see on the pitch about his behaviour," City manager pep Guardiola said.

"I said before he played at Crystal Palace that he's part of the team because he's training good. He's fit. I love midfield players. If I could play with 11 midfield players I would, and he's one of them.

"Then, after the charge, we are going to see what is the solution."

City must also cope without Sergio Aguero, whose challenge on Chelsea's David Luiz sparked a melee in which Fernandinho was also sent off, and defender Nicolas Otamendi, who picked up a fifth yellow card against Chelsea.

However, City have been boosted by the fitness of winger Raheem Sterling, who has recovered from the knock he suffered against Burnley two weeks ago.

The loss to Chelsea, in which City conceded three goals in the last half an hour, left Guardiola's side four points behind the league leaders but he was upbeat afterwards about their performance.

And the Catalan is confident, if they show the same form they did last weekend and in the Champions League draw with Celtic in midweek, the results will follow.

"In the long term, if you play good you are going to win. I want to feel. I am a coach for the results of course or I wouldn't be here but I want to enjoy with my team," he said.

"Sometimes it's a little bit sad when you deserve to win but you are not able but it happens to all teams around the world. Always I am focused on the way you have to play, not the result. The result is a consequence of what you do.

"If we play like we did against Chelsea or Celtic, we are going to do good things. If we play like (in wins over) Crystal Palace or Burnley, we are not going to do absolutely anything."

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