Toure Will Be Missed In Defense For City.
Manchester City’s Kolo Toure has been banned from featuring in any first-team or reserve team football matches with his club for the foreseeable future after testing positive for a ‘specified substance,’ believed to be a weight control drug. If Kolo Toure is found innocent, in that the drug was not used for any performance enhancing purposes, then his ban will be lifted. Typically, though a ban could last anywhere betwen three and nine months – a length of time that could rule the Ivorian defender out of this season and the next one.
Arsene Wenger and Kolo Toure’s teammates have come out in defense of the 29-year old defender, and they’ve described him as a ‘model professional and a devout Muslim who doesn’t even drink.’ Still, Toure will have to serve a lengthy ban which will rule him out of action for the rest of this season at minimum, which is a big blow to Manchester City.
Kolo Toure was part of the Arsenal side who were crowned Premier League champions and ‘Invincibles’ in the 2003-2004 season, but has since moved on to Manchester City where he is vice-captain. If his ban does last nine months, he’s going to be lacking loads of match fitness when he does return and it’ll take him a while to get back into the first-team mix anyway. This ban could signal the end of his Manchester City career unless it’s taken care of quickly.