Man City missing key men for Cup semi

Manchester City will be missing some key players when they face Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final first-leg on Wednesday.

Roberto Mancini is definitely without influential midfielder Yaya Toure and his brother Kolo after City failed in a bid to delay the duo’s departure to the African Cup of Nations.

They could also be without star player David Silva and have fitness doubts over forwards Mario Balotelli (ankle) and Edin Dzeko (knee).

Meanwhile, City captain Vincent Kompany will today find out if his appeal against a 4-match ban is successful, ahead of the match.

Update: Kompany’s appeal has been dismissed and he will now miss both legs of the semi-final.

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