Toure out to prove a point

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Manchester City's returning defender Kolo Toure is ready to make a major impact for his club upon his return from a six month drugs ban.

The 30-year-old was found guilty of having taking water tablets, which contained a banned substance at the back end of last season.

Toure claimed he took the substance unknowingly, and subsequently was handed a reduced ban as any intention to enhance performance wasn't proved, and the former Arsenal man is keen to clear his name.

"I feel 24, 25 years old. I want to show all the people that think Kolo Toure needed tablets, water tablets, to be a better footballer," Toure said.

"I just want to show them and that's what I will do.

"I will give 100% in every single game to show those people I don't need water tablets to be a strong man.

"I've been in this league for almost 10 years now, being unbeatable with Arsenal, doing a lot of good games.


"I just want to show them."

Unable to train with his teammates, Toure has spent much of the summer reflecting upon his lengthily career, and says he appreciates more than ever what it is to be professional footballer.

"Sometimes when you come every day to training you can't realise how big it is to be a footballer," Toure added.

"I just realised how much we are lucky to be footballers and be able to play for a football team like City.

"To be able to come back and train with the team, come into the training ground, it's great."

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