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Yaya Toure withdraws from Ivory Coast squad due to family reasons





  • Yaya Toure came out of retirement last December for the Ivory Coast
  • He was called up for friendlies against Togo and Moldova, on March 24 and 27
  • Toure hasn't represented his country since winning Africa Cup of Nations in 2015

By Jack Bezants for MailOnline

Published: 14:04 EDT, 21 March 2018 | Updated: 14:04 EDT, 21 March 2018

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad due to family reasons. 

Toure was recalled by Ivory Coast for their upcoming friendlies against Togo and Moldova in France, on March 24 and 27 respectively, after a three-year absence.

Toure, 34, retired from international football after captaining his country to Africa Cup of Nations glory in 2015 but declared his availability again last December.

Yaya Toure has withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad due to family reasons  
Yaya Toure has withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad due to family reasons  

Yaya Toure has withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad due to family reasons  

The Manchester City man was called up for friendlies against Togo and Moldova this month
The Manchester City man was called up for friendlies against Togo and Moldova this month

The Manchester City man was called up for friendlies against Togo and Moldova this month

Toure has 102 caps for his country but was not present as the squad assembled for training on Tuesday.

His withdrawal is another blow for the African team, after Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha was ruled out of the friendlies through injury.

Ivory Coast will not be at this summer's World Cup. It is the first tournament without them since Japan and South Korea in 2002

The midfielder has not played for the them since leading them to African Nations glory in 2015
The midfielder has not played for the them since leading them to African Nations glory in 2015

The midfielder has not played for the them since leading them to African Nations glory in 2015


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