There is a worrying reason as to why Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri could miss literally any game for Manchester City.
Yaya Toure is arguably Manchester City’s most important player, which means his fitness is a major concern at all times for the Premier League champions.
However, one thing they cannot do anything about is his migraine problem, which is the thing which kept him out of the side last weekend as City went down 2-0 away to Everton, who ended the game with only ten men.
Anyone out there who has ever had a migraine will appreciate that it’s impossible to do anything with that condition.
Pain killers make barely any difference and they come on at very short notice, which means Toure may be forced to miss further matches in the future because it’s not something that City can control.
They are fortunate that he is on top of the problem for the majority of the time and has only missed two matches during his career at the club, but as far as Roberto Mancini will be concerned, that’s two matches too many.
While it’s not a pivotal reason for City to not keep him at the club, it’s not going to help as the club try to renew his current contract beyond the summer of 2015.
There are some managers and clubs out there that wouldn’t go anywhere near a player that gets migraine problems because they have that random ability to force a player out of action at very short notice.
He’s not the only player at city that suffers from the debilitating headaches which makes things all the more remarkable.
Samir Nasri has also been hit by the problem during his career at the club, which means City run the risk of having two of their key players missing from any match within a very short spell of including them in the squad.
In one case Nasri played after the start of a migraine attack and subsequently picked up an injury during the first half of that match against Newcastle United, which could have been prevented had he been left in a dark room somewhere.
The only positive for the club in relation to this matter is that David Platt has admitted it’s something they are well aware of and they know how to handle the problem, to give their players the best and quickest chance of a recovery.
It’s a common disorder which many of us have suffered and it’s something City will just have to put up with, if they want to retain two very important players at the club for the rest of their careers.
Do you know any other bizarre illnesses/injuries like this which have kept players out?
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