Yaya Toure was given the chance to bid farewell to the Etihad Stadium as he was named in Manchester City’s side for their home clash with Brighton on Wednesday.
The veteran midfielder is leaving the club at the end of the season and was handed the captaincy as the champions planned a night of tributes.
Toure, 34, has won three Premier League titles and four domestic cups during his eight seasons at City.
His outing was his first Premier League start of the season with his previous nine appearances having come off the bench.
Head coach Antonio Conte made six changes following Sunday’s win over Liverpool, with goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defenders Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and forwards Willian and Pedro also coming into the starting XI.
Huddersfield, seeking to secure their status after Sunday’s point at champions Manchester City, made three changes, with Phil Billing, Rajiv van La Parra and Laurent Depoitre coming in.
Manager Pep Guardiola has hailed departing midfielder Yaya Toure as one of Manchester City’s greatest-ever players.
Toure, 34, has put in eight, trophy-laden years of service to the Blues, but will exit this summer.
These achievements saw Guardiola pay tribute to the Ivory Coast superstar ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Brighton in the Premier League.