Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is of firm belief that the team will only get stronger once some of the club's new recruits come back from injury.

Mario Balotelli, Aleksandr Kolarov and Jerome Boateng have hardly figured so far this season and Toure is confident that second-placed City will only get better once these types get back on the pitch.

"We have to be pleased with what we've done so far," he said. "But we know we will get better as the season progresses as we get to know one another and as the injured players begin to come back."

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