Richards plays waiting game

Manchester City defender Micah Richards is happy to take his time as he eases his way back into action.

Last Updated: 19/04/13 at 11:01 Post Comment

Micah Richards: Making return to action

Micah Richards: Making return to action

Richards made his comeback from a six-month lay-off with a knee injury in City's laboured 1-0 win over Wigan in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old has been forced to watch while Pablo Zabaleta has established himself as undoubted first choice in the right-back position during an outstanding season.

Richards said: "It is hard to smile when injured but I am never really jealous of anyone.

"He is a quality player, Zaba. He gives 100 per cent all the time. He has probably been our player of the season so far.

"Zaba is one of my best friends in the team so to see him doing well, I am most happy for him.

"Last time after injury I almost tried to rush back. This time I don't want to rush back.

"I want to take it steady and when I am called upon try to do a job."

Zabaleta and Richards were rotated at right-back throughout last season's campaign, which City ended with the Barclays Premier League title.

Richards has been a frustrated onlooker this time as the crown has slipped to the point where Manchester United have all but reclaimed the title.

The City youth product said: "It has definitely been frustrating, especially when you see United top of the league.

"After last season I thought we would have kicked on and maybe been a bit better, maybe retained it.

"We haven't done that but I think next season we will regroup and hopefully we will get it back."

City trail United by 13 points and are now focusing on securing second place and winning the FA Cup.

Sunday's trip to Tottenham offers an opportunity to strengthen the grip on the runners-up spot while next month's FA Cup final against Wigan will never be far from the mind.

After so long out, Richards has no expectation of when he might be called upon again.

He said: "I think Zaba is going to be back in on Sunday after the way he has been playing but if I am called upon I will give 100 per cent.

"For me it is just getting back, getting some minutes under my belt, just to play 80 minutes tonight was enough for me for now.

"I will just keep training, working hard, trying to get fitter and stronger. Hopefully I will get some more games before the end of the season."


Price boost for Sergio Aguero to score first at 11/2 with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Champions League: Henning Berg hopeful of Legia Warsaw's chances against Celtic

Legia Warsaw boss Henning Berg hopes his side can get a positive result against Celtic in their Champions League tie.

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Transfer news: Southampton's chairman says Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will stay

Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold, according to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property