Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is determined to show that he has used his time away from the game positively when he returns from a six-month ban.
Toure is poised to make his first appearance since February when City entertain holders Birmingham in the third round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday evening.
The Ivory Coast international has been suspended since failing a drugs test, with the Football Association taking action against his use of a banned substance but accepting that it happened accidentally when he took one of his wife's diet pills.
Toure admits it has been a difficult period on the sidelines but he is now relieved to be back and has thanked everyone who provided support.
"I have gained a lot of strength from this hard time and I just need to focus on the future," he said in The Sun.
"It is really important to get back to what I love to do - which is football.
"People know I am not someone to try and cheat. I was really unlucky but all the people at the club and in Ivory Coast gave me a lot of support - and the most important thing is now I am back."
Owen Hargreaves is also set to play against Birmingham as Roberto Mancini rotates his squad for the Carling Cup tie.