Jack Rodwell has declared that his is two weeks away from full fitness. The English midfielder, 21, who signed from Everton in the summer has not yet made his mark on City due to a succession of hamstring injuries resulting in only six first team appearances. With the business end of the season approaching and Yaya Toure currently on African Cup of Nations duty, Rodwell’s return will provide a timely boost to Mancini’s options in midfield. Speaking to the City website, Rodwell said:
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. 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.
Rodwell was courted by several big clubs before signing for City and his Blues careers began brightly with some assured displays in the heart of midfield. He is certainly a promising talent but he laments his misfortune with injuries since coming to Manchester:
I feel like my career here hasn’t really got started yet, even though I feel really settled and at home now. I’ll begin full training this week – all being well. Then I’ll need ten days to a fortnight to get back up to speed and I’ll be available for selection again.