NO RETURN ANYTIME SOON

The coach of Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, has said that Micah Richards is recovering well, but, there is no chance of him making a comeback soon.

It would take him at least a couple of months more to regain 100% fitness. Richards had injured his ankle while playing for team GB in the Olympics. Initially, it was said that Richards’ injury was not that serious and he would get fit in 3 or 4 weeks. But, it seems that Richards’ injury is much severe than it was speculated before.

Richards has been with Manchester City since the last 7 years. He played his first match for Manchester City in October 2005 against Arsenal. In that match, he came to play as a substitute. He made his first start for City in February 2006 against Charlton Athletic. Richards impressed one and all with his versatile game in his very first season for City. After that, he never looked back. He kept on giving brilliant performances for City and emerged as a key player of the club.

Due to his consistent performances, Manchester City had extended his contract till 2015 at the start of the last season. He proved the club’s decision correct by playing a major role in Manchester City’s premier League victory in the last season. He set up a number of goals in the previous season. He was also the skipper of the team when Vincent Kompany was suspended.

Mancini said that Richards is an experienced player and he had performed quite well in the last season. He wants Richards to make a comeback soon. But, according to the current status of his injury, he would have to wait a bit more. As per Mancini, the team needs Richards and whenever he makes a comeback, the team’s defense would be strengthened.

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RICHARDS SORRY FOR TEAM GB

Manchester city defender Micah Richards has said that he is extremely desperate for the Olympic glory with Team GB. The defender was not selected for the Euro 2012 by the manager Roy Hodgson, which left him in great disappointment.

However, he has been selected for the London Olympics 2012 by the manager Stuart Pearce. He will be representing the Team GB as one of the high-profile defenders is within the squad. Even though the Team GB are definitely not the favourite to win the Olympic gold medal in the football tournament, Micah Richards is hoping that he has the chance to finally get glory at the international level.

Micah Richards was recently crowned as the Premier league champions with his club Manchester city after having lifted the title last season. He was instrumental in helping Manchester City win the title last season, but he was overlooked by the England manager Roy Hodgson for the Euro 2012. It is a decision that has been criticised by many, but Richards is not looking to dwell on the disappointment of having missed out on the Euro 2012 and is focusing on the Olympics. Team GB will be taking on UAE at the new Wembley on Sunday.

“I saw the UAE team against Uruguay on Thursday night, before our match against Senegal. In the first half they were the better team. They looked a good side. I have been to Abu Dhabi and the game has taken off over there. We’ve done a lot of stuff on the iPad and studied a lot of videos over the last two-and-a-half weeks – watching teams like Senegal and the UAE,” said Micah Richards ahead of the match against the United Arab Emirates. Brazil and Uruguay are the favourites to lift the trophy after the elimination of Spain in the group stages.

ANDERSON RUES RICHARDS CALL

Former England international Viv Anderson has said that he feels that Manchester city defender Micah Richards made a major decision that has proven to be faithful at the international level for his career.

The Manchester city defender was chosen as the backup player for the England national team that will be playing at the Euro 2012 by England manager Roy Hodgson. However, the 24-year-old declined the opportunity to be part of the backup squad, according to the Man City news website.

As luck would have it, England lost the Chelsea defender Gary Cahill to injury just prior to the start of the tournament. Due to the fact that Micah Richards was not on the back of squad, England manager Roy Hodgson decided to call up Liverpool defender Martin Kelly, who is vastly inexperienced in comparison with Richards. Jack Wilshere was also forced to pull out.

Viv Anderson has said that he feels that Micah Richards could have been training with the England team at the Euro 2012 had he been more humble. If Micah Richards had accepted the offer of being in the backup squad, then he would have been training with the England players at the Euro 2012 according to Viv Anderson. Despite having a good season with Manchester City, during which he won the Premier league title for the first time in his career, Roy Hodgson decided not to select Richards for the first-team.

“I would have taken Micah Richards but he refused to go on the standby list so we had no option really. We had to go with Kelly. I was surprised when he wasn’t in the original squad because he can play several positions. He played centre-half for Man City at one stage and he can play as a holding midfield player so he can cover a few positions there. He had a really good season with Man City but didn’t play the latter part,” Anderson told talkSPORT.

MENTALITY TAKES YEARS

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has said that it will be years before Manchester City have the same kind of mentality as Manchester United. Manchester United are well known around the world to have a winning mentality that has kept them going as one of the best teams in England for the last two decades.

However, their supremacy at the top has been challenged by their arch rivals Manchester City, who threaten to become much better than United within a span a few years. City have a real chance of winning the title this season, but Richards reckons that it will take more than just one Premier league title to provide the club with a winning mentality.

City have the opportunity to add to the FA Cup they won last season. Winning the Premier league title this season would also give them the opportunity to send home Manchester United without a trophy for the first time in more than eight years. The last time Manchester United finished without a trophy in the season was back in 2004-05. Richards has played a huge role in helping Manchester City attain this position in the Premier league. Even though he has played less football in the last few weeks, he is happy to help City in any way.

“But they always find a way. When you play United you always know it’s drilled into them: ‘We have to win.’ Even when I was playing against them in the under-14s they would always go right to the last minute. They just never wanted to lose. At City we’ve got 20 to 25 internationals, we all want to play and, when you don’t, you get upset and it’s hard to deal with sometimes,” said Micah Richards in a recent interview given to the British tabloid Guardian.

RICHARDS OUT FOR CHELSEA

Manchester City will be without the services of England right back Micah Richards for the match against Chelsea.

This is a crucial encounter given that Manchester city have been undefeated so far this season. However, Chelsea have a good record against Manchester City at Stamford bridge, and they will be looking to close the gap on the League leaders. Manchester City currently lead the Londoners by a massive 10 points, which could increase to 13 points should City to repeat the 4-2 win they achieved a few seasons ago.

However, this victory stands alone amidst a number of defeats for Manchester City, and Chelsea will certainly be confident about getting a victory in this match. Micah Richards has been one of the influential figures for Manchester city at the right back position this season, although he has not been selected for England on a frequent basis. His injury will mean that manager Roberto Mancini is likely to resort to using Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta in his place. This is certainly going to be a weakness Chelsea can exploit given the way Micah Richards has been performing this season.

His performances have been so exceptional that he has managed to keep out Pablo Zabaleta, who was the first team player before the arrival of Micah Richards as a regular member of the first-team squad. Manchester City were defeated in the last season match against Chelsea at Stamford bridge, although it took two late goals from David Luiz and Ramires to seal the points for the Londoners. Many predicted that it is going to be extremely tough for Chelsea to repeat the success this time around given that Manchester city have come out of the blocks in flying fashion. Many regard them to be the next Invincibles after Arsenal.

SPURS CHASING RICHARDS

The Daily Mail reports that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is set to make a £7 million move for Micah Richards.

It has been suggested that Redknapp may be willing to offer Jermaine Jenas as part exchange.

RICHARDS HAPPY TO SEE HART IN ACTION

Micah Richards has revealed his delight at seeing Joe Hart play in goal for Manchester City. Hart cut short his summer break to join the City squad in the US.

City defender Micah Richards told the club’s website: “It was good to see my good mate Joe Hart back in the squad and making one really good save. At least he remembered his gloves and that was more than he did for his first training session. He was jet lagged! He is a really good mate of mine and hopefully one day soon we will play together for England.”

RICHARDS READY FOR TOUGH FIGHT

Manchester City defender Micah Richards says that he is prepared to fight for his place in the Manchester City squad, having spent the first few games in the Man City Hospitality Packages. The 22-year-old believes that the challenge to hold onto his position will be tested to the full as new signing Jerome Boateng will compete alongside himself and Pablo Zabaleta.

The England international is able to play at both right-back and central defence as can Germany star Boateng.

RICHARDS EYEING ENGLAND RECALL

Manchester City defender Micah Richards says that he is eyeing an senior England recall once again. A chest infection meant that Richards was forced to withdraw from Stuart Pearce’s squad for the victories over Portugal and Lithuania in European Championship qualifiers, but he is not letting that setback discourage his international ambitions, especially since City boss Roberto Mancini recently stated that he thought Richards had huge potential.

“I want to push on and get in the seniors now, and there is no reason why I can’t if I’m starting in Manchester City’s team,” Richards told City’s official website. “When the boss has confidence in you that definitely helps your game, and for him to say that if I concentrate I can become one of the best defenders in England is quite a compliment to get from your manager.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve got the hunger back because I never lost it. But I think the increased competition in our squad has made me play a little bit better. I want that to continue for the rest of the season. “If we can win something for the fans and I’m playing well, then there’s no reason why I can’t get back in the England squad.” Micah Richards, 22, has 12 senior caps to his name, though with others ahead of him in the pecking order he accepts that he may have to wait a little while until the call from Capello comes.

RICHARDS HAPPY TO BE ON THE SCORESHEET

Manchester city defender Micah Richards says that he was happy to get on the scoresheet against Stoke city. City’s England defender fired the Blues ahead in style only for Matthew Etherington to snatch an equaliser in time added on to prevent a second successive away win for Roberto Mancini’s men.

Micah Richards told City’s website: “I thought we defended well, so to concede in the last few minutes was devastating. We knew we’d face a lot of balls in the air and we dealt with them.