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Stoke's Sidibe eager to return

Stoke City crock Mamady Sidibe is eager to repay the faith shown in him by the club and those closest to him.

The 32-year old has failed to make a first team appearance since August 2010 because of an Achilles injury and more recently a dislocated knee sustained in October whilst on the comeback trail from the initial problem.

Sidibe has revealed he contemplated quitting the game after his latest setback but has now confirmed he is determined to get back to playing football at the top level.

"I will be honest with you, after my last injury, I sat down and said to myself: 'Mama, it's time to call it a day'," he told the Potters Matchday Magazine.

"I felt so low, I'd been knocked back so many times and so I thought it would be best to quit. That would have been selfish though.

"I have got so many people to repay...the chairman, the manager, the medical people, my team-mates and, of course, the supporters.

"Then, there's my son. He wants to see his dad playing. My family mean everything to me, so I will try to get back and do my best."

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