Yaya Toure will need to be replaced while at the African Cup of Nations…
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The Premier League champions are going to be without Yaya Toure during his time at the African Cup of Nations, and are hoping the former England international can make up for his absence.
The competition runs from January 17 until February 8, and with Ivory Coast one of the stronger teams in the tournament it is expected the 31-year-old will be there for most of it.
Not only that, but the midfielder will probably have to attend a pre-competition training camp with his country, which could see him unavailable from as early as the start of January.
Altogether this means that the Citizens will be without one of their key players for a crucial part of the campaign.
Lampard is supposed to finish his loan from New York City in mid January, but is thought to be open to extending his deal. With the MLS not beginning until March, it is a distinct possibility that he could stay with the Sky Blues at least until Toure’s return.