Manchester City manager, Yaya Toure, has insisted that the team “needs him.”
Toure has not featured for the Etihad club this season, as he was named on the bench for their first three matches, before then missing out entirely against Liverpool last time out.
According to reprots, it is due to City’s coaching staff being concerned with a perceived lack of fitness, claims rebuffed by his agent.
Although Guardiola will not freeze the Ivorian midfielder out, he refused to confirm if the 34-year-old will be in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Watford.
“We need him,” Guardiola told reporters at his pre-match media conference.
“I need him, the team needs him.
“He was so important last season. I admire him for what he has done in his career.
“He is an exceptional player. Of course he is going to helps us. We will see [about his squad inclusion].”