NEWS: Richards Nearing Return to Action

Micah Richards has missed the majority of the season with injury but is nearing a return to fitness. Micah started the season injured after the Olympics and only made four appearances before damaging his knee cartilage against Swansea in October. In spite of his misfortune, Micah is excited about playing football again. He said:

In the last ten days I’ve been training outside again, doing two days of running and then a recovery day after that. I had a big fitness session on Tuesday and I’m starting to feel really good again so when the lads are back from international duty, I should be taking part in partial sessions with them as I continue to close in on a return. I’ll be trying my best to get back into the squad and it will be great just to be back among the lads and getting a feel for everything again.

I’ve only had one full season injury free but I wouldn’t say I was injury prone at all. I think it’s more to do with the way I go in for headers and tackles – 100% every time – it’s what makes me the player I am and I would find it hard to play any other way.

I’ve really missed the banter because I’ve been doing virtual office hours of 9 to 5 while I’ve been working my way back to fitness which, I know, are normal hours for most people but for a footballer, we usually are finished for 1pm so I’ve been working really hard to get back. I don’t expect to just walk back into the team because the lads have all been playing so well, especially at the back, but I want to finish strongly and then really power into next season after having a full pre-season training behind me. I can’t wait to start playing again.

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