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Paris attacks gave Man City defender Clichy motivation to return to fitness

Gael Clichy has revealed that the Paris attacks helped him put things into perspective.

Manchester City defender Clichy has endured a difficult season so far with a host of injury problems but as a boost, he replaced Aleksandar Kolarov early in the second half of the weekend's 4-0 Crystal Palace.

Now Clichy has gone on to speak regarding his time out with injury and has stated that despite the frustration of spending time out in the sidelines, the Paris attacks back in November made him realise that there are more important things in life than football.

Clichy said: "I would have reached my century many months ago had I not picked up this problem. I've missed a lot of games.

"But when you look at the events in Paris a few weeks ago it makes you realise that being injured for nine weeks is not the end of the world. You just carry on and try to get fit as quickly as you can. I was at home with my family when my friend contacted me and told me what had happened.

"At first I didn't really understand what he was saying so I had to just sit in front of the TV watching the news and that's how it was for so many people for the next three weeks.

"It puts everything into perspective because there are some days when you have a bad game and don't want to talk to anyone or go out. But when you see things like that you realise football is only a game and losing a match or being injured doesn't really matter."

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