Pep Gaurdiola offered no guarantee that Yaya Toure would return this weekend but insisted that the midfielder still has a role to play at Manchester City.
Toure has been left out of the squad for the past two games and did not travel to Feyenoord at all this week for City’s 4-0 triumph in the Champions League.
Guardiola, speaking at his pre-match press conference to preview the trip to Watford, was vague on the prospect of the veteran midfielder being involved.
Asked if Toure could feature, Guardiola said: “We will see.”
Guardiola, however, did go on to add that Toure remains an important member of the squad and will have a key role to play this season.
He said: “I need him, the team needs him. He was so important last season and he’ll be so important this season.
“He is part of the group. I admire him and what he has done in his career. He is an exceptional player.
“In the last games he was not in the squad but of course he is going to help us.”