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.