With the news that Vincent Kompany faces aminimum spell of 6 weeks out Guardiola has ruled out using Yaya Toure in a defensive role.

“Yaya can play in many positions but I think we have other options to play there at centre-back,” said Guardiola.

“He played there in Barcelona once, the Champions League final against Manchester United, because we have a lot of problems there. We didn’t have players. He played amazing.

“Yaya will play in more attacking positions – to decide the last pass, to score goals, for our build up in the last third of the pitch. Maybe it can happen but I have other options. Fernandinho can play there, Sagna can play there.”