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I'm fit for title climax, says City's Toure

ESPN staff
May 5, 2014
Yaya Toure was a doubt for the final week of the Premier League season © Getty Images

Yaya Toure has declared he is fit for Manchester City's title run-in after struggling with the muscle injury that forced him to come off against Everton on Saturday.

Toure, who finished third in the Footballer of the Year vote, was hurt in April's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool and missed the next two games.

But though he returned to play and score against Crystal Palace and then set up Sergio Aguero's opening goal in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Everton, he was taken off in the second half, prompting fears he would be a doubt for the final week of the campaign.

Toure told the club's website: "It was very important I came off. It has been difficult for me in a short space of time to recover from the injury I picked up at Liverpool and prepare physically."

The 30-year-old, who admitted fighting for the title with brother and Liverpool defender Kolo was dividing family loyalties, believes he will be available for City's final two games, at home against Aston Villa on Wednesday and West Ham on Sunday.

He added: "If you are not fully prepared it is very tough, because you have to be at 100% for these games and coming back is always difficult, especially at the end of the season, but I feel good."

Toure has scored 23 goals this season, 19 of them in the Premier League, and played a key part in the final weeks when City last won the league, in 2011-12.

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