UPDATE: Saturday, March 30, at 10:14 a.m. ET by Tyler Conway
Richards' knee injury has been looming over Manchester City's entire 2012-13 season, and we now have an indication of when he'll return. According to The Guardian's Twitter feed, the 24-year-old star says he's could return as soon as the club's April 8 fixture versus Manchester United:
Micah Richards: "i'm looking to the game away to United [to return] and the the FA Cup semi-final, maybe against United again" #mcfc— jamie jackson (@GuardianJamieJ) March 30, 2013
With months having passed since Richards was last on the pitch, Manchester City fans will undoubtedly be happy to see him in some late-season action.
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UPDATE: Friday, November 2 at 8:01 a.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
Manchester City finally received some good news regarding the injury to Micah Richards. SkySports reported that the defender will be back sooner than initially believed:
Micah Richards' knee injury will keep him out for just four weeks, according to Roberto Mancini. The Manchester City defender was stretchered off during last week's defeat of Swansea, with initial reports suggesting he had torn a meniscus in his right knee. A timescale of four months was put on Richards' recovery.
It is never good to have a key player miss a month of time during the highly competitive English Premier League season as well as Championship League play. However, the lighter injury should reduce concerns to the team and fans around the world.
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Micah Richards is now being carried off and appears to be in quite a lot of pain.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) October 27, 2012
79. Micah Richards is down and looks in real pain, clutching his right knee. No chances taken as Kolo Toure is about to come on— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 27, 2012
UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 9:25 a.m. ET
Manchester City star Micah Richards has finally spoken to the public, per Chris Bailey of the team's official website. Richards said:
'The positive thing is that the injury has been repaired so the knee will be as good as new,” he reported.
I have a brace on it and I am using crutches. I can’t do anything at all for the next four to six weeks and I am probably looking at 12-16 weeks before I am back in action'...
...'I will be working as hard as I can to get back as quickly as I can and I thank all the fans who have sent their best wishes.'
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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 8:05 a.m. ET
Terrible news for Manchester City fans as Micah Richards is expected to be out for up to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Sky Sports' Staff has the latest:
Manchester City defender Micah Richards has had knee surgery after he was injured against Swansea on Saturday and he is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.
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UPDATE: Monday, October 29 at 7:40 a.m. ET
Awful news for Manchester City fans as Micah Richards reportedly could miss two months due to his knee injury. The Telegraph's Mark Ogden has the latest:
Micah Richards could be sidelined until Christmas amid fears that the Manchester City defender faces surgery to repair a knee injury he suffered during the 1-0 victory over Swansea City...
...Initial tests have suggested that the 24 year-old might have suffered cartilage damage, although a full assessment will not be made until after the scan.
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Richards has struggled to get into the lineup this season with Pablo Zabaleta and Maicon providing competition at right-back. But the 24-year-old Englishman received the start in the team’s 1-0 victory over Swansea, and his day ended under extremely unfortunate circumstances as he was replaced by Kolo Toure.
This was just his third Premier League start of the season. He was featured often last year, being included in the starting-11 23 times and appearing as a substitute in six league matches. He ended the campaign with a goal and five assists.
Richards is coming off a quality performance for Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics, but his showing in the summer was not enough to make him Mancini’s first choice at right-back.
This will be a disappointing setback for back Richards and his team. The Citizens were able to get three points, despite Richards’ injury and a disappointing performance against Swansea.
They have now earned 21 points on the season and may be in second place after this weekend, depending on the result of the showdown between Manchester United and Chelsea.
Without Richards, City’s depth at the back will be depleted and the team will have to try to move forward and continue its success in the EPL while digging itself out of a massive hole in Champions League.
Check back here for updates on Richards’ injury going forward.