Micah Richards nearing return from injury

Manchester City defender Micah Richards

Micah Richards is just two weeks away from making his comeback, after suffering an ankle injury while playing at the Olympics. The official Manchester City website reports.

The injury summed up a frustrating summer for Richards, who missed out on a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad despite putting in some impressive performances for City.

Richards made 29 appearances for the Citizens last season and played a prominent role in the club securing their first championship for 44 years.

He is the longest-serving player at the club since arriving at the age of 14, and made his first-team debut against Charlton in February 2006.

He said: “I’m happy with the progress we’ve made so far because it was quite a bad one, but I can’t wait to just get back in among the squad. I have loads of positive messages from fans and I am grateful for that.”

The 24-year-old knows he faces a real battle to win his place back in the starting line-up, with manager Roberto Mancini preferring to use Pablo Zabaleta in the right-back position this season, while Maicon has also joined from Inter Milan to add to the competition for places.

“The manager has been playing a 3-5-2 formation, so there’s more chance that I’m going to play if he goes with that. But if he plays a 4-4-2, it’s going to be me, Zaba and Maicon battling it out for the right back position!”, he added.

Richards has watched on while City made a solid start to the season- amassing seven points from their opening three games, despite unconvincing victories at home to Southampton and QPR.

He will hope to play a key role in progressing out of tough Champions League group for Mancini’s men, which includes Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.

“I think we’re ready for it and we’ve certainly got the players to go and show everyone that we are a Champions League side and I think this season people will see that”, he claimed.