Yaya reveals sibling sadness
Yaya Toure admits there will be sadness that his brother Kolo will not be playing in the FA Cup final.
Last Updated: 13/05/11 11:42am
Yaya Toure has admitted there will be a sense of sadness that his brother Kolo will not be playing in Manchester City's FA Cup final against Stoke City on Saturday.
Defender Kolo is currently suspended pending a hearing into a failed drugs test and he will only be able to watch from the stands as City bid to end their 35-year trophy drought at Wembley.
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya joined City from Barcelona last summer and the chance to play alongside his sibling was a key factor in his decision to move.
But, with Kolo unable to feature against the Potters, Yaya knows how difficult the occasion is going to be and he is certain the only way of easing the pain will be to have a winners' medal to show off at the end.
"There will be sadness," he said.
"Before I signed for City I told my brother I wanted to come to England to play with him, and to win something together.
"That won't happen tomorrow, which means it will be a hard moment for him, and for me as well.
"We have spoken about the best way of getting round the problem and decided it is by winning the cup.
"He is supporting me and if we win, it will be for him as well."
The pair will speak before the game, as they did ahead of the semi-final with Manchester United last month, when Yaya turned out to be City's match-winner.
He dedicated that goal to Kolo, which only strengthened the bond between them, with Yaya saying: "My brother is very important for me. We joke a lot together and speak all the time.
"Our family is very proud of us both.
"He is a typical sportsman and wants to be on the field with his team-mates. But life is like that - we can all make mistakes.
"He is a very strong guy and I know he can walk away from all this."