Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has virtually accepted defeat in his bid to keep the Toure brothers in England beyond the FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester United on January 8.

Mancini has often spoken of his concern at how his side would cope without Kolo and, in particular, Yaya, who are required for the Ivory Coast's African Nations Cup campaign. Initially, the City chief expressed the hope that their departure could be delayed until after the Premier League encounter with Wigan at the DW Stadium on January 16.

That now appears unlikely, with the pair now also set to miss the Carling Cup semi-final first-leg against Liverpool on January 11. "It is difficult but I think they will leave us after United," said Mancini.

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