For Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, the news that central defender Micah Richards would be back inside six weeks is good news indeed. In the last few weeks, Eriksson have had few reasons to smile with his Man City side rapidly slipping down the table and are now in such a position that they might not even qualify for the UEFA Cup.
But now that Man City defender Richards says that he is ready to return to first team action after recently undergoing a knee surgery, Man City can once again hope of rescuing their season. Richards says:
I had the operation nearly two weeks ago and things are looking good. Hopefully, I could be back even sooner than the six weeks.
The operation was something that couldn’t be avoided. I played in the derby at Old Trafford with it hurting and in the second half picked up an ankle knock as well so I was a wreck by the end of the game.
After the Everton match the knee was swollen like a balloon and I couldn’t carry on really. The medical advice was to get it done before the end of the season and that is what I did. It is for the best in the long term.
I hate missing games, especially at such a crucial time but I will be giving it 100 per cent to be fit as soon as I possibly can. I will be back and I will be back with a bang!
Man City’s defence in the absence of Richards has been fragile at best and his return would certainly help stern City’s backline.