The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that he expects the defender Micah Richards to be out of first team action for only about four weeks rather than the 16 weeks initially feared.

Micah Richards was injured in a recent 1-0 win for Manchester City against Swansea in the Premier league. This helped the team overcome the disappointment of the defeat at the hands of Ajax. After the Ajax encounter, Richards was extremely critical of the tactics employed by the manager. Roberto Mancini said that the players who were critical of the tactics are not good enough to play in a top team.

Due to the growing frustration between the two, Roberto Mancini apparently claimed that the defender will be out for the next 16 weeks due to the serious injury suffered against Swansea. However, it has now been revealed that the injury will not be as serious as initially feared because the defender will miss only about four weeks. Mancini has come out and clarified the situation by saying that he does not remember saying 16 weeks as the approximate time for recovery. He has said that the player should be back in full training within the next four weeks.

“I read three months but I don’t know why. One month, maximum. It is not bad. He put only two stitches in his knee. For this reason, maybe four weeks,” said the Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. It has been a difficult few weeks for Mancini after his side has been unable to keep clean sheets. They have also suffered a lot of bad results in the European competitions, which means that there are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League. This would be disastrous to the aspirations of the team to not only dominate England, but also Europe as well.