Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Toure ready to guide Richards back to top for Manchester City

Manchester City captain Kolo Toure is keen to guide Micah Richards back to top form.

A shoulder injury kept Richards out of Wednesday night's Carling Cup win over Fulham, but his place would have been under threat anyway following a below-par performance against Manchester United last weekend.

Once good enough to become England's youngest defender, Richards has so far failed to impress Fabio Capello, who is dubious about the 21-year-old's positional sense.

Capello would not have been too impressed by Richards' failure to pick up Michael Owen for the goal that ultimately condemned City to an agonising stoppage-time defeat at Old Trafford, yet Toure feels he can help.

“It is really important to me that I help him get back,” said Toure.

“Micah is a great player and one day will be one of the very best defenders in England.

“He is a great lad, who listens to everything you say. We talk at training about different situations.”

City manager Mark Hughes will face a selection dilemma if Richards is fit for Monday's encounter with West Ham as Pablo Zabaleta performed creditably in the right-back role against Fulham.

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