Deep-lying playmaker has made only one appearance all campaign long.
Premier League giants Manchester City have been given a timely injury boost with the news that midfielder Jack Rodwell has returned to full fitness following a recent layoff with a hamstring problem, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The occasional England international turned out for the City Elite Development Squad on Wednesday night as they overcame Rochdale Under-21s in the first of two Manchester Senior Cup group games, with Rodwell playing the entire match, which City went on to win 4-2 on penalties.
And now the 22-year-old hopes to be included in new Blues head coach Manuel Pellegrini’s match-day squad for the mega-rich club’s trip to take on in-form West Ham United in the Premier League at Upton Park on Saturday.
Rodwell has been at Eastlands now for the past two campaigns, with the holding midfield player first arriving at the club from Everton in July 2012 on a five-year deal for a fee of £12 million.
However, the Englishman has barely been seen in the north west in the intervening period due to a succession of injuries, with Rodwell having so far made just the 16 appearances in total for City in all competitions, scoring two goals in the process.
But speaking to the club’s official website after the match, Rodweel said: “It was good to get a full 90 minutes under my belt. I’ve been out for a couple of weeks now, so I think I needed the match practice.
“I’ve not had a lot of game time this season. I’ve missed quite a lot of football so it was good exercise for me.
“The pitch was quite heavy, but it’s all in the bank and I’m really pleased with how it went.
“I’m fit so I’m available for selection. I’ve not trained too much but I’m available.”