TOUGH KOLO CAN BEAT DRUGS SHAME
MAN CITY v BIRMINGHAM
KOLO TOURE has been backed to have the mental toughness to put his drugs shame behind him and get back to his best.
The Manchester City defender (right) is set to make his long-awaited comeback against Carling Cup holders Birmingham after serving his six months ban for failing a drugs test.
The Ivory Coast international tested positive for a banned substance contained in some slimming pills he took that belonged to his wife.
Toure has been forced to watch his side win the FA Cup and reach the Champions League without him.
But former team-mate Patrick Vieira says Toure – whose return will overshadow Owen Hargreaves’ debut – can return to the top again.
Vieira said: “It has been a really difficult time for him, but hopefully that’s behind him now and he can get back to doing what he loves, which is to play football.
“He is mentally strong and his desire to play well, to work hard and his commitment to the club has always been fantastic.
“Of course he can regain his form. He is never satisfied with his game, he always wants to be at the top.
“The people who remain at the top have a strong mind, but they are also hard workers and Kolo is like this.”
Birmingham defender Steven Caldwell said: “We need to be men, stand up and be strong.
“We have to be tough and come out all guns blazing.”
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