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Micah Richards: Roberto Mancini unsure on extent of injury
Published : 27 Oct 2012 20:33:10
Micah Richards: Roberto Mancini unsure on extent of injury Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says he will not know the full extent of the knee injury Micah Richards suffered against Swansea City until next week. Richards was carried off on a stretcher after suffering the injury as he tried to clear a cross, medics trying to ease his pain with oxygen. "I'm not sure what Micah has done yet," Mancini told City's website after the 1-0 win on Saturday. "We won't know until next week." Micah's misfortune This is not the first time Richards has suffered a worrying injury while playing for City. In August 2008 he spent several hours in hospital after being knocked out in an accidental clash of heads with team-mate Tal Ben Haim in the 3-0 defeat of West Ham. Richards was unconscious for eight minutes and placed in a neck brace and oxygen mask before being taken off on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. There were no other players around full-back Richards when he appeared to twist his knee as he turned to try to clear a cross to the far post deep into the second half. After lengthy treatment on the pitch, Richards was carried off on a stretcher in what was the longest match in Premier League history due to the injuries sustained to the City defender and Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm. Richards, 24, started the game despite raising concerns about his manager's tactics during the 3-1 defeat to Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday. City's win over Swansea, courtesy of Carlos Tevez's second half goal, was their fourth in succession in the Premier League and it took them to within a point of league leaders Chelsea. "It was important to get three points after defeat in midweek," added Mancini. "We did not play well in the first half because we were so tired and we were better in the second half. "The players and the pitches are the same as in the Champions League, it happens sometimes that you don't play well but we had chances to score another goal when we were 1-0 up against Ajax. We have to learn to take our chances. "In the end the only important thing is the result. If you win you are the best manager, if you lose you are the worst."