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Oct 16, 2012

Platt: Nobody is indispensable

Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has denied claims that star players Yaya Toure and David Silva are indispensable to the club.

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Toure, 29, has played a pivotal role for City this season, featuring in every game barring last month's Capital One Cup defeat to Aston Villa.

While Silva, 26, has also played an integral role, starting in five of his club's seven league games, as well as both Champions League fixtures.

However, Platt is keen to point out that City can manage without the duo, although he concedes they are both hugely important players.

"They're not indispensable, we have to look at things," he told the Manchester Evening News. "We want to get to a point where nobody is indispensable.

"What we know with Yaya, he can give us so much balance, so much control of the game - a lot goes through him.

"With David, when you think you are coming up against a tight defence, he can open things up with his ability."

Manager Roberto Mancini has tinkered with his starting line-up on numerous occasions this season, rotating his four strikers - Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez - as well as often changing the make-up of his defence.

And former England captain Platt believes this proves the strength in depth of their squad, rather than their need to rely on individuals.

"We address every game as it comes, with one eye on what the players have done and what the players are going to have to do in the next game," he said. "A lot is made of people missing games but we don't just pick a team for one particular game."

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