The defender suffered cartilage damage in October, but is nearing a comeback thanks to a gruelling rehabilitation routine and has rejected claims he is prone to such setbacks
Manchester City defender Micah Richards is nearing his return from injury and has eyed a possible double-header against Premier League leaders Manchester United.
Richards damaged cartilage in October against Swansea City and has since undergone a lengthy rehabilitation, with an initial return date pencilled in for February.
The 24-year-old, City’s longest-serving player, is approaching full fitness and is hoping to be ready to appear in the Premier League game with rivals United on April 8 as well as the FA Cup semi-final against the Red Devils or Chelsea less than a week later.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Richards said: “In the last ten days I’ve been training outside again, doing two days of running and then a recovery day after that.
“I had a big fitness session on Tuesday and I’m starting to feel really good again so when the lads are back from international duty, I should be taking part in partial sessions with them as I continue to close in on a return
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The England international has suffered several injuries throughout his career but waved off suggestions he is injury prone.
He continued: “I’ve only had one full season injury free but I wouldn’t say I was injury prone at all. I think it’s more to do with the way I go in for headers and tackles – 100% every time - it’s what makes me the player I am and I would find it hard to play any other way.
“I’ve really missed the banter because I’ve been doing virtual office hours of 9 to 5 while I’ve been working my way back to fitness which, I know, are normal hours for most people but for a footballer, we usually are finished for 1pm so I’ve been working really hard to get back.