Manchester City midfielder Rodwell returns to full training

The 21-year-old has been out since October with successive hamstring injuries to each leg, but is nearing his comeback and hopes to challenge for a starting place
Manchester City’s Jack Rodwell is less than a fortnight away from full fitness after being ruled out since October with successive hamstring injuries.

The midfielder has played just six matches since joining the club from Everton in the summer, but the 21-year-old is confident his City career can now begin in earnest.

"I feel really fit – I’ve been doing a lot of strengthening work because I’ve been out so long with my hamstring injuries so it’s taken time," Rodwell told the club’s official website.

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"My first injury was my left hamstring which kept me out for five weeks and then my right hamstring started to niggle which put me back to square one.

"It’s easily the worst injury set-back of my career because I’ve been out for more than three months, now. It’s been frustrating and like most players, I’m not the best spectator in the world – it obviously helps when the lads win - but I’m almost there now.

"I think the main problem was I’d lost a lot of strength, which didn’t help but the fact that both hamstrings went consecutively is down to bad luck more than anything else."

Javi Garcia and Gareth Barry occupied the two centre-midfield positions against Arsenal on Saturday with Yaya Toure away at the Africa Cup of Nations, but the England international is looking forward to challenging for a place.

"I feel like my career here hasn’t really got started yet, even though I feel really settled and at home now," he added.

"I’ll begin full training this week – all being well. Then I’ll need 10 days to a fortnight to get back up to speed and I’ll be available for selection again."