Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is set to return to Roberto Mancini's side in the Carling Cup tonight, three weeks after finishing a six-month ban for a failed drugs test.

The Ivorian international ended his ban, for taking an unspecified substance contained in diuretic water, on September 2nd, and was only allowed to train with his teammates at the Etihad Stadium a month before that date.

Citizens ambassador Patrick Vieira is in no doubt that Toure, who always stated that the substance taken was related to dieting, will be able to mould back into the side comfortably, starting against Birmingham in the third round clash.

“The people who remain at the top have a strong mind, but they are also hard workers and Kolo is like this. It has been a really difficult time for him, but hopefully that is behind him now," said the former French international midfielder.


 

“Not only is he a good football player, but he is a good human being, a really good person, and it will be good to have him back.”

Owen Hargreaves is also set for a competitive return to action, although the former Manchester United midfielder will be making his debut if selected for home clash.

Mancini has vowed to shuffle his pack amidst Champions League commitments and a Barclays Premier League title challenge, but is eager to do better than last season and challenge for silverware this time around.

“I think I will change many players because we need to recover and rest. I will change seven or eight players, but we need to think about the Carling Cup because we want to win the next game," said the Italian.

“Last year, against West Bromwich Albion, we had a chance, but we lost so it’s important that we play well.

“It’s a busy season for all the top teams and it’s a busy season for us.”

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