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It is hard to believe that City preferred Garcia to Richards as a stand-in at centre-back.
Micah Richards was presented a gift-wrapped opportunity to prove his value to Manchester City when starting centre-back and captain Vincent Kompany lost much of the season's first third to injury.
Kompany's troubles began with a groin injury in the season opener against Newcastle United. Kompany missed Manchester City's next three Premier League matches, and his absence was more than noticeable.
Manchester City lost a late lead at Cardiff City, then the match itself, as stand-in centre-back Javi Garcia was bullied on late set pieces. City's defense held at Stoke City three weeks later, but only barely in a tepid scoreless draw.
That Garcia was preferred to Richards at centre-back against both Cardiff City and Stoke is a real indictment of Richards.
Not surprisingly, Richards could not understand why a player of his obvious greatness was overlooked.
“It’s been annoying, to be honest, because (Matija) Nastasic was out and then Kompany was ruled out, so it would have been the perfect time for me to slot in at centre-back,” Richards said at the end of September according to David Anderson of the Mirror.
Well, Kompany has been out of Manchester City's line-up with a thigh injury since October 5. And Richards has not made any starts at centre-back for the Sky Blues in those seven weeks, either.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini obviously does not trust Richards at centre-back, further decreasing his value to the club.