Toure: I can't wait to get going
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Ivorian defender Kolo Toure has promised to make up for lost time as the Manchester City star prepares to return from his six-month suspension.

Toure is now eligible to play for City again after an enforced spell on the sidelines as a result of a failed drugs test. The 30-year-old missed the final three months of last season, including City's FA Cup final win over Stoke City at Wembley, and the start of the current campaign after being suspend for testing positive for a prohibited substance.

He returns to find City in fine form. Roberto Mancini's men are second in the Premier League, behind Manchester United only on goal difference, after winning their first three matches of the new season in eye-catching fashion.

Toure could make his first appearance when City face Wigan Athletic in the league next week and the former Arsenal centre-back can't wait to contribute to their title challenge.

"I feel totally recharged and as fit as I've ever been in my life," Toure said. "Hopefully, it will be like having a new signing because I am back and want to challenge for a first-team place.

I feel totally recharged and as fit as I've ever been in my life.
Kolo Toure, Manchester City defender

"I know it won't be easy because the team is playing so well, but I'll be pushing hard for an opportunity. I'm just so happy to be back and I will give everything I have to the team, this club and our fans. I can't wait to get going!"

Toure can still recall the shock that overwhelmed him when Mancini revealed he would be suspended.

"I remember it clearly," he added. "I was at home in my bedroom when the club doctor and manager Roberto Mancini came in to explain what had happened. It was a shock to see them there and I immediately realised the implications for my career, the club and my family. It was an awful moment because I didn't know what was going to happen."

Toure found it hard to watch from the sidelines as City enjoyed a successful end to last season and he admits his brother and club colleague Yaya Toure played a key role in keeping his spirits up during the suspension.

"Yaya has been incredible and, as brothers, this has brought us even closer. He was always there for me and kept me informed of what was happening at the club," Toure said.

"I must also thank the manager, my team-mates, the staff and particularly chief executive Garry Cook and our chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak for standing by me and helping me through this period.

"It's at times like this you know who your friends are and I'd also like to thank people like Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger too."