Yaya Touré is back!

Ivorian International Yaya Toure gave Manchester City the lead with his first goal in his first starts under Pep Guardiola at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Toure plays a one-two with Nolito before drilling home. Connor Wickham equalised for the host after a period of pressure with 24 minutes to go slotting home under Claudio Bravo.

Toure, who has been out of favour under Guardiola, restored his side’s lead after converting a low Kevin de Bruyne corner.

The Ivory Coast international has not featured since starting the second leg of the Champions League play-off against Steaua Bucharest in August.

Toure’s outspoken representative, Dimitri Seluk, claimed Guardiola had humiliated his client by omitting him from City’s Champions’ League group-stage squad, triggering a war of words with the Spaniard.

The 33-year-old’s City contract is due to expire at the end of the campaign and it had appeared likely he would leave the club before the off-season transfer window closed.

However, he apologised this month to Guardiola for Seluk’s outburst and has now earned a return to the first team.


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