Yaya Toure has been recalled to Manchester City’s Champions League squad after being left out by coach Pep Guardiola at the group stage. Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus is also named in the 21-man squad, following his arrival from Palmeiras in January.
Ilkay Gundogan drops out of the list with the German midfielder expected to miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Kelechi Iheanacho, who was named in the squad for the group stage, is still eligible. The Nigerian striker now meets the requirements to be named on UEFA’s “List B” for players born after Jan., 1 1995 and who have been with the club for two years.
The Nigerian international looks to have fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. City face Ligue 1 side Monaco in the round of 16, and Guardiola confirmed he was going to include Toure, 33, in his squad last month.
The Ivorian played just once in the first three months of the season after Guardiola said he would not be selected for the first team following controversial comments from his agent Dimitri Seluk.
He apologised in November, returned to the side on Nov. 19 and has been a regular in the side ever since. Gabriel Jesus, 19, who scored his first goal for the club in Wednesday’s 4-0 victory at West Ham United, will be available to make his debut in the European competition when they play Monaco on Feb. 21 with the second leg away on March 15.