Richards allays fitness fears

09 October 2008 03:44
Manchester City defender Micah Richards has allayed fears over hit fitness after revealing a knee injury which has forced his withdrawal from international action is not serious. Richards pulled out of the England Under-21 side's crucial European Championship qualifying play-off first leg with Wales on Friday with a knee problem. But the versatile defender expects to be back in action in time for City's next game at Newcastle United on October 20. "It's not as bad as was first expected," he told the club's official website. "There's still a bit of inflammation and swelling of the knee, so it's for the best to just rest it over this period." Meanwhile, Richards has revealed his determination to play his way back into the full England side after being omitted from coach Fabio Capello's recent squads. "It's a bit frustrating and I'd be lying if I didn't say it was frustrating," he continued. "I'll just bide my time and when the time's right hopefully I'll be able to get back in. "It's up to Fabio Capello and it's his decision so the most I can do is make sure I'm playing 100 per cent for City and make sure I'm playing well to get results here. "Then hopefully that should be enough to get me in the squad."

Source: ESA