Super Eagles’ striker Kelechi Iheanacho was selected as Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola decided to leave midfielder Yaya Toure out of his 2016-17 Champions League squad.
The Ivory Coast international, who featured once this season, in City’s 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League knockout round second leg – a game that was virtually meaningless because City led 5-0 from the first leg – was excluded in Europe by UEFA rules on the minimum number of locally trained players in European squads.
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Although teams can name up to 25 players, eight of those must be homegrown.
The sad news is coming barely days after Joe Hart’s loan move to Torino after being dropped as first choice keeper at the club by Guardiola.
City are in Group C, alongside Barcelona, Celtic and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Guardiola’s side host Borussia in the group opener on 13 September.