Mark Hughes Expects Kolo Toure To Be Fit For Blackburn Clash

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has played down the injury scare surrounding defender Kolo Toure and claimed the ex- Arsenal defender should be fit for next Saturday’s Premier League clash at Blackburn.

Kolo Toure only lasted 18 minutes of Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 victory over Scottish side Celtic at Eastlands after reporting soreness in a hip problem that developed last week.

Hughes admitted City missed Toure’s presence, with Chris Killen taking advantage of the Ivory Coast star’s exit to level Gareth Barry’s opener.

Little wonder the Blues chief has made getting another new centre-half his priority, although, after confirming there had been no progress made in his efforts to sign Everton’s Joleon Lescott, Hughes indicated he might now look at alternative targets.

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