Richards confident Man City can handle Toure African absence

Manchester City defender Micah Richards is confident they can handle Yaya Toure's midseason absence.

Toure will play for Ivory Coast in January's African Nations Cup.

"He has been a quality player for us," admits Richards.

"But we have got midfielders, we’ve got [Samir] Nasri, who didn’t play today. [Sergio] Aguero can drop back and [David] Silva can play in that role.

"So we have got players who can cope in that position. But he will be a big miss, but I am sure we can cope with it.

"We’ve got players like [Nigel] de Jong that can come in and sit for us and push people forward. We’ll miss Yaya but we have got people who can come in and do a job."

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